By Alexander Campbell Ingersoll, Jr
“Ancient Gods, Modern Sects” supports and expands the centuries-old idea that pagan religions morphed into modern religions. Other than a new look at the previous information, what makes this idea of interest again is the fact that the idea that the ancients created pagan religions based on observations of natural phenomena seen in the sky of their day has received substantial support since the latter part of the 20th century. Images from natural plasma auroras, meteors, and comets the ancients saw in the ancient skies inspired pagan religions. All of the pagan gods and their actions resulted from natural events. No alien or supernatural causes were needed.The ancients did not create mythology only from their imaginations or because they were on drugs. The ancients were a scientifically illiterate people who described natural activities they saw occurring in the sky, but used unscientific terms and associated the events with the supernatural.
The visible gods disappeared when conditions changed. People no longer saw those images, but they retained the religious ritual parts. Perhaps in order to maintain jobs, and to keep control over people, religious leaders claimed the gods still existed but were now ethereal unseen gods that were still watching and still demanding.Images in the laboratory from plasma physics and images from mythology and religion are extremely similar if not identical. After one realizes that the ancients could have seen images in the sky that are not there today, it is an easy step to realize that those images were also the inspiration for religion. As more scientists pursue the difficult path of creating models based on ancient data, the more it becomes obvious that modern religious sects and even the characteristics of modern gods, such as dying and being reborn, angels, the devil, a virgin birth, the star in a crescent, the cross, and the trinity are based on activities the ancients saw in the sky.
If you consider ancient art and writings as data about the ancient sky, you immediately realize that modern religion is a subset of mythology. Many religious leaders know that, but do not want to advertise it, and many people reared in a religious society do not want to consider that possibility.Ironically, some religious people do believe the ancient sky was different. Those people look at the data and claim that the ancient sky was different because they mistakenly believe the claim supports religion or supports creationism.
At the same time some scientists claim the ancient sky was not different and mistakenly believe that merely expressing that view will convince people that religion is unfounded. As more scientists adopt the approach that the ancient data are useful, they are demonstrating that the natural events were the foundation for modern religion.Changing viewpoints is not easy to accomplish. The advertised idea is that scientists are very open-minded, and generally they are.
Unfortunately, there are outside influences. In governments or universities, if you influence others through funding, awards, or degrees, you ensure those people do not change, or they do not receive the funding, awards, or degrees. Whether certain conclusions are correct often may not be the major influence.The problem is compounded when religion influences the government. The government then influences the scientific community and scientific results have at least the possibility of sometimes becoming very unscientific. This happens even in the United States where there is supposedly separation of church and state. A recent example is a state that wishes to define a whale as a fish instead of a mammal because the Bible calls a whale a fish. Problems such as this are compounded when the government wants to teach Intelligent Design in schools. That is a waste of time and money for everyone.”Ancient Gods, Modern Sects” addresses all of the previous issues, how they are related, and why it matters.