Gods, Goddesses & other deities,
as perceived by various religions
Powerful, thought provoking, and challenging quotations related to God:
Woody Allen: " If someone said, ‘I’ll tell you whether there is a God, [and] whether life has meaning.’ It’s better not to know – because if the answer is no, you’d better do
some fast tap dancing. If the odds are 50-50, it’s better not to know.”
Anon: "You can safely assume that you've created God in your own
image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."
Sometimes attributed to Anne Lamott or Fr. John Weston.
Rev. Tony Campolo: "We are furious that the religious right has
made Jesus into a Republican. That's idolatry. To recreate Jesus in your own
image rather than allowing yourself to be created in Jesus' image is what's
wrong with politics."
Jim W. Martyn, "I suggest that people who express hatred towards others do so because they
are unable to love themselves or God. That's sad, and unfortunately causes many of the
social and political problems in our nation and world."
Stephen Roberts, a strong Atheist talking to a theist
about the thousands of gods and goddesses worshiped by humans: "I contend that we
are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you
understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand
why I dismiss yours."
Xenophanes, an ancient Greek philosopher: "If horses had Gods, they would look like horses!"
Part 1: A general listing around the world, from A and Adaa to Zurvan. Deities from China, Balto-Slavic, Japan, India, other Asian, Africa, Australia.
Part 2: Buddhist, Carribean, Celtic, Egyptian (Hellenes).
Part 3: Native American, Norse, Pacific islands, South American.
About Americans' beliefs about God:
Poll data about the existence and
importance of God; Jesus' second coming
Americans' diverse beliefs about the nature of God: Part 1Part 2;
Results of the Baylor Religion
Survey which found that most Americans believe in either an Authoritarian, Benevolant, Critical, or Distant God.