The Names of Gods

I recently read Plato’s Apology (that is, Plato’s account of Socrates’ defense against accusations of “impiety” and “corrupting the youth of Athens”), and I was fascinated by the use of swears (e.g. “by Zeus!”) and the way they referred to their gods. If they didn’t name a specific god, it was always “a god” or “the god” or “the gods” or even “the gods of the city”. There was always a sense that they were referring to a specific god or set of gods.

This is in contrast to the way that modern Christians refer to their god. They never use his name. It’s always an indirect reference, like “God” or “the Lord” (often with His pronouns capitalized), where they refer to their god by title and act as if that title is their god’s name.Read More »

Status Update

I haven’t been posting much lately because I have been very busy with classes. I am on campus studying for most of the day during the week, and when I get home I am usually too tired to think about blogging much. I think I will try to make a habit of working on posts during the weekends, so that I will have something to post every week or two. I have got several posts in mind that I want to write, including an update on my experiences taking a human sexuality course, a post describing why I am not an agnostic and would Christians kindly stop trying to tell me that I am, a post about religious proselytizing on my campus and what happened when I talked to one of the proselytizers, a guest post on someone else’s blog talking about my experiences with navigating gender segregated spaces as a trans person, an educational post about what cis people can do to be respectful of trans people, and a post about why I no longer consider myself part of the New Atheist movement.