Friday, June 12, 2020
A power higher than the gods!
In a polytheistic worldview, deities are not all-powerful or unconditionally immortal. They are subject to nature and fate. The divine forces of nature and fate are themselves typically imagined as old, primordial (e.g., pre-Olympian) gods that already existed prior to the currently reigning pantheon. “Monotheism” is then not so much about reducing divine actors to a single deity, but rather repositioning deity to hold an authority beyond nature and fate. The determining aspect of monotheism in this account can be expressed as “transcendence”—Stephen B. Chapman in Divine Doppelgängers: YHWH’s Ancient Look-Alikes, 186