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Old 10-08-2012, 03:13 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by ebusinesstutor View Post
Ancient Greece had priests and priestesses, the same as other religions do now. They built temples to their gods and I believe the stories involving the gods were venerated and considered true.
No, they were not. To repeat: there were no "sacred texts" in the Greek (or Roman) religion, and hence the very concept of "orthodoxy" was meaningless. There was no correct (or incorrect) way to "believe" about the gods. All that mattered was correct practice in ritual and sacrifice. It was a fundamentally different concept of religion to the Judeo-Christian tradition. That's why, for example, Greek mythology has differing and contradictory stories about the origins of the gods and there was no problem with that. (There were, for example, two different stories about the birth of Aphrodite - in one, she was the daughter of Zeus and the nymph Dione; in the other she was born when Cronus cut of the genitals of his father, Uranus, and threw them into the sea.). Can you imagine Christianity accepting two wildly differing stories about the birth of Jesus?

Greek mythology was "just stories". They had no religious significance. This is clear if you read ancient Greek sources.

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