Biography of the Gods

Biography of the Gods

Biography of the Gods

Biography of the Gods

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The gods are on this side of the mystery that enshrouds the universe. Like man, they are earthborn. The roots of their lives are in the rich soil of human hopes and hungerings. If man had been perfect in joy and mastery the familiar folk gods of history would never have been. They were born and grew to grandeur because of man's desperate need. Through the ages they have walked with him, beloved companions of the way, powerful helpers in the age-long quest for knowledge, beauty and the joy of living.

The gods move across the stage of history in forms innumerable: one note of pathos dominates the drama, man's longing for support, security, companionship and help from the environing universe. The biography of every god is an epic into which are written the dreams and sorrows, tragedies and achievements of some human group. The names and characters of the gods are numberless but from the beginning even until now, faith in God is the daring confidence of man that the universe in its deepest meaning does allow and give support to our human hopes and ideals. The history of the gods is the fascinating story of human adventures in co-operation with what seemed helpful and trustworthy amid the dearth and danger of the changing centuries.

The divine figures of our human story are, therefore, rooted in the social needs and aspirations of men. They grow and change with their peoples. To define God is labor lost, for the meaning of God is a definite and specific meaning in a localized phase of the life of humanity in a definite span of time.

Often pride in its own deity led one people to belittle the . . .

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