Clas 3305 Flood Lecture Lec 15 One of the themes which underlies the lectures and discussions for this second term is that of man's relationship to the gods



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Clas 3305 Flood Lecture Lec 15
One of the themes which underlies the lectures and discussions for this second term is that of man's relationship to the gods
and the way that manifests itself in mythology
In the lecture on creation myths we looked at man's perception of the beginning of that relationship
Those mythologies attempted to provide answers for such questions as:
-- where the world came from

-- why it operates the way it does

-- who ordered the seasons, the stars, time itself

-- who ordered social relations, kingship, privilege and power


the answer in each case: the gods

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Two questions which these myths suggest but do not answer:
1. What happens if the gods stop ordering the stars in their planets? In other words: if the gods created the world, can they uncreate it? What happens to the world? What happens to man?
2. What happens if man does not keep his side of the bargain? If the people rebel? If they no longer obey the laws of god? If they anger the gods?

If they try to steal the secret of the gods?
The variety of answers to these questions fall under the heading of Eschatology
Mythology about the end of things
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