|Posted by Tony on April 14, 2016 at 12:50 AM|
This is a very large and loaded question. I’ll give my thoughts on this subject, although I must stress that they are merely my thoughts. We do not seek in my grove to impose orthodoxy on anyone, and I believe that any genuine seeker’s insights are no less valuable than others.
Many people have expressed to me that they believe that ultimately there is one Godhead. This thought is usually expressed as something felt intuitively. The idea has a certain attraction, beyond the scientific big bang theory, what caused the big bang? How did all the stuff that became matter get there? As a religious man, I feel that there had to be a first cause. I think that people feel that it makes the most sense that the prime cause is one, because the universe is one.
However, it is possible that the idea of one God is a result of fairly modern thinking. In the 1800 it became the accepted theory that human kind passed through phases of religious belief. It went that we proceeded from magical thinking to animism, then to polytheism to explain the natural world. From there the next advancement is to monotheism. In the 1800s scholars saw no problem in that much of the world was still polytheistic. With their belief in ‘lower cultures’ they just felt that not everyone had advanced that far yet.
While I believe that there is no rational cause to believe that the first cause could not have been a group of Gods and Goddesses acting in concert, we may have some evidence of a single first cause in the mythology. It is pretty common in Indo-European mythology to see a Sky Father figure who is only vaguely present in the stories. For instance, we have Tir in the Norse mythology who only appears actively in a few myths. In Irish mythology we have Nuada who goes into quiet retirement when Lugh becomes king of the Gods. I see in this a possible echo of a single creator theory however distant.
We’ll never answer this single creator theory definitively, and I’m ok with that. Part of the problem I have with monotheism is that it’s impossible for me to relate to a single being that knows and sees all. I feel far more comfortable with Gods and Goddesses who handle different spheres of nature and activities. If there is a single creator deity, I believe that They (I am using the transgender form of pronoun) would encompass all that is in the universe.
That is too big of a chunk for our mortal brains and spirits to relate to. So I believe that if a single cause created everything, then parts of it got separated into Gods and Goddesses that we can relate to.