On the nature of ethnic gods

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Vlassis G. Rassias, On the nature of ethnic gods (org. Περί της φύσεως των εθνικών θεών). The complete Article has not been translated yet.

«The Gods are eternal beings, surrounding and permeating unhindered the entire material world and influence/act on it. They participate in the eternal synthesis and aposynthesis (composition and decomposition) of forms. They do not intervene in the realms of action of other gods. They come under, and serve, the laws of the physical world. They act eternally and never retire. They do not combine into one person; They do not become substituted and they do not cease to exist. They cannot be defeated according to the whims of irreverence. They are beings and not persons. Everything is Populated One (Peplethismenon En). The designations One and Monad have only a comparative arithmetic substance and presuppose the existence of multiplicity. Everything is populated Oneness. However, among all of these [entities], an autonomous/independent One can never exist. They are not constituted by bodies because forces/powers [dynameis] are incorporeal, but, unfortunately, to the human mind, ‚incorporeal‘ signifies that which we know as ‘natural forces,’ as, for example, gravity… not what the Gods are. We will therefore remain on the term ‘beings’ [ta onta]. Every ‚person‘ is axiomatically smaller than the truly existing Βeing [ontos On] and necessarily acts instead of simply being. Here, the self-contradictory theologians of the Judaic-born religions are forced to place their illogically purported personal God outside the manifest cosmos… To us, Ethnikoi, however, the gods can permeate the entirety of the Truly Existing Being, as well as one another, without influencing each others nature. They are not included and, most importantly, not consumed by anything, as, for example, mortal/perishable things are consumed by time. Furthermore and this is very important they do not have either gender or any other characteristic of mortal beings.»

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