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Supposing gods were ubiquitous, would religion be widespread?

Let's suppose that at the inception of our world the creator god creates a set of rules for pantheons and minor gods, places divine rulership in the hands of a couple underlings he makes, then packs ...
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Catagorizing Gods [closed]

In the world I'm building, the characters are facing, allying, opposing, or simply investigating various gods. It pulls from assorted world myths, legends, religions, and culture (and also recognizing ...
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A set of rules for gods [closed]

I have a world with many gods. They don't like each others, so they want to destroy each others. Problem: they are immortal. Solution: they will create another world, with different civilizations (...
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Why does a god/godlike being care about mortal? [closed]

Jimmy the Magician has killed God, razed Mount Olympus, and cut down Yggdrasil. He can create and destroy planets at will, reverse time, and rewrite the laws of physics as he sees fit. But for some ...
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Why would competing gods ignore an obvious power source? [closed]

Human souls are energy sources that gods feed upon in the aether realm. This pushes them to interfere with the mortal realm and gain followers through worship. Messiahs, prophets, and all manner of ...
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What would be the possible source of a drug that creates a shared mass hallucination ending up in creating a new god? [closed]

I've been thinking about structuring a cult that brews or harvests a liquid drug. That drug is then sealed in jugs and shipped to cities. The drug gives a sense of complete relaxation but also leads ...
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Of gods and men, distinctions en route to divinity [closed]

In Dune Messiah Frank Herbert states that "there exists no separation between gods and men: one blends softly and casually into the other" yet in Science Fiction and in Fantasy there exist a number of ...
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Why would a “chosen one” come from outside a religion? [closed]

The crawling chaos, Nyalathothep, has formed a cult on the mortal plane devoted to his cause which worships him as a god. This cult has been operating in secret for thousands of years, sowing ...
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Existence of clerics when god walks on earth

When people believe in the same god, it is possible that they found church*. And most churches have some clerics of various degree. But most religions have some clerics, even if they are not organised ...
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How can you make someone forget that he has superpowers and lock his powers?

How can you make someone forget that he has superpowers and lock his powers? My question is inspired by the Sanskrit epic of ancient India, Ramayana. In the story of Ramayana, Hanuman is a well-...
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Can war be burst between two groups of the same race, magic and religion? [closed]

Assume the following "template" world (I'm saying it because it depicts an idea of mine, but can be derived to others' worlds too): Fantasy landscape, under the control of one god. God has direct ...
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Is my imaginary world into astrology or monotheism? [closed]

In my imaginary world, the main country worships one god, who has no name. He created everything, maintains everything, and is in control of everything. He can only be seen through the sun at certain ...
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Historical analogues to behavior of minor gods

The horn of Africa was once dominated by polytheistic religions, among them the religious system of Egypt. Over time, however, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all took root in that area, and have ...
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How much may gods be vicious?

How much may gods be vicious? Some time ago I asked for teaching people not to ask gods for help (without killing them). In answers some people asked for way how those gods punish people. And these ...
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People's God and Real God [closed]

Let's imagine a world where all people prayers and beliefs create some paranormal entities - just the way people imagine them in some paranormal realm. So people believe in God and through thousands ...
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To whom should god pray? [closed]

Once I heared somewhere (I am not sure where, may be it was on Christmas Midnight Mass - but it does not matter) one very strange short tale - that man entered to church, that was empty excepting god ...
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What games would young gods enjoy as “referees”? [closed]

My "gods" are actually people. However they have access to tech that grants them the ability to do almost anything they wish, plus they have various mind enhancements, so there is little difference ...
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Culturally Correct Deity Depiction

In every culture there are gods, And these gods all have a said appearance. This appearance is, I think, based on the beliefs and Ideas of the religion. What I'm asking for is a decent, detailed ...
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How could gods/deities have been on earth controlling natural phenomenon, and have remained nameless? [closed]

To extrapolate, these gods/deities can be seen and are in some kind of physical form or another (perhaps they possess living creatures or just create bodies of their own). They are essentially ...
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Could a mature (and giant) lobster remain in sea water indefinitely without decaying?

My pantheon of storyline gods includes a "titan" of sorts, in the form of a giant lobster. At one point in time, she returns to the coastal ocean and exists in a meditative state on the seafloor for ...
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What is exclusive property of god? [closed]

Questions Gods of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens and What can gods be afraid of? together with Robert Merle's book Le propre de l'homme (I beg your pardon, I did not find English name) brought me to ...
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Navigating Demeter's realm - Does she even have one?

So I am writing a story about someone who is tasked with escorting Persephone from her Mother (Demeter) to her Husband (Hades) and back again. Hades is fairly straight forward - a quick google search ...
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What makes a god a god? [closed]

In my world there are a race of god-like beings (don't age but can be killed, very powerful mages) but they are not intended to actually be gods. Despite this they are worshipped as gods by many of ...
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What would happen if there was only a gentle breeze blowing constantly?

Let's say the classical element of Air is controlled by three deities. One creates the air itself, just being present for the second one to move it at a steady pace, a gentle breeze that blows over ...
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In a universe created by and controlled by malevolent or passive non-humanoid beings, what would cause the creation of humanoid gods? [closed]

Forgive me if a question like this is too general and isn't accepted here. I'm currently working on creating a new universe to possibly be used in a D&D or RPG setting. I've been working on the ...
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Why are demi Gods like Alexander not immortal? [closed]

The exact cause of Alexander's death is unknown. Historians have debated the issue for centuries, attributing it to poison, malaria, typhoid fever or other maladies. What is agreed upon is that the ...
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Why might a person go into a seizure after being given the essence of God? [closed]

So, my character, Logan, is looking for answers. He stuck out in the great galactic void, far away form his home in the Milky Way. He wants to know more about the Universe, all of it, but it’s ...
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What may people do for gods? [closed]

Belief is one-sided affair. People believe and gods may decide if request will be fulfilled or not. But what if people and gods could regularly cooperate? What if gods would ask people for help? ...
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Would society of immortals create any kind of religion? [closed]

As far as I know, the core of most religions on the Earth is an explanation of what happens to our souls/consciousness after we die and things that occur in our lives and we cannot explain ...
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Should a god have more or less power when in a physical body? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy novel titled "Seraphim Divided." In the novel, there is a god known as Thorolax (The Midnight Harbinger). I want to have him be introduced as an ethereal being who has to rely on ...
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Name for God-Type Creature [closed]

I don't know if you are allowed to ask names here but whatever. In my world, this god awakens and is now unleashing its wrath upon humanity for seeming no reason. This creature/god has massive effects ...
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Souls That Don't Prove That A God Exists? [duplicate]

Assuming that souls exist within the realm of physics, how could they or some similar continuation of consciousness continue to exist after death, especially without the afterlife being awful, in a ...
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How do I justify that an omniscient god does not have knowledge of the future?

Background This world was created by Natura, the goddess of space, creation, and life. She felt alone, so she created Chronos, the god of time, destruction and death, to have a partner and also to ...
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What may bring god to help atheist? [closed]

As I made gods of my world a bit crazy, at least in comparison with most expected behaviour of gods (because normal gods would not teach people to not rely upon them - or not?), there are some open ...
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Can I use norse mythology in my fantasy world? [closed]

I wonder if I could use these gods and goddesses in my fantasy world or if it's better to create my own religion
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Gods are dogs, but why? [closed]

It’s obvious, really: “God” and “dog” are just two sides of the same coin. Literally any pantheon, deity, or divine force that’s ever existed - yep, they’re all dogs somewhere. But why? What reason ...
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Religious practices for society that worships a god of death [closed]

I am working on world in which its humans worship the god of death as it gave them mortality, which is considered to be the greatest gift of all. Other aspects of the god are not as important as it ...
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Magic of the Three Gods (Fire, Lightning, Ice)

Triangle of 10 Elements (magic system) In my fantasy world, Takeover Creania, I have three gods that control the elements and thus its lush magical power: Seraphina - elder sister, goddess of the ...
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How can gods say that something goes wrong? [closed]

Some time ago, I asked two questions about teaching people to not rely on gods (Teaching people not to ask gods for help and Why would gods decide to teach people to not rely on gods?). And mostly ...
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Plausible reason why the astronauts wouldn’t get involved in the aliens war? [closed]

So, two astronauts, Gregory and Jessica, just got marooned on an alien planet. They went down into a Canyon, were they discovered some tiny, and sized beings, who had developed into a Bronze Age. They ...
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What's the lowest Type on the Kardashev Scale a civilisation could be for us to take it for God? [closed]

If a Type IV or V civilisation intervened on Earth, we would certainly believe it was nature at work, unless they decided to reveal themselves. Well, then, think they're literally divine entities. ...
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Why would greek gods allow other religions to take over? [closed]

I am planning to write a story where greek gods exist. But I can't figure out a reason why they would allow other religions to take over and people to stop worshiping them. And I need this for my ...
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How great can gods have sense for humor? [closed]

As I mentioned in some previous questions or answers on them, I read not only books of Discworld series. And if there is something why I like it, it is Death's sense for humor and interest in people. ...
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What makes a deity? [closed]

Under the assumption that there is a Creator God of unlimited power over the mortal universe and all dimensions and alternate realities that make up Creation (in my mental 'mythology,' this God is the ...
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How to prove that person is really the GOD? [closed]

If a random person comes infornt of me ,and says "I created this world and I am the ultimate creator, I am the GOD". What question I should ask the god , so that the answer from the god makes me ...
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What natural animal could represent a goddess of Chaos and Entropy [closed]

I am looking for this in a context of extending a role play universe for my player. The animal should be cute enough though since it is not an evil goddess, and the goddess use to be an oriental (read ...
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How would people react if hundreds of gods appeared in new york [closed]

Tomorrow out of nowhere hundreds of naked humans appear in New York, they immediately announce themselves to whoever they encounter claiming to be various gods from human mythologies and religions. ...
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Useful, dead-end scientific advancements for ancient civilizations [closed]

In my world, the gods great and small play an active role in the lives of mortals. Some would say too active. They are, for the most part, extremely self-interested, and provide magical aid to mortals ...
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How would a fantasy civilization with Napoleonic technology, survive against an uprising of gods such as H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu? [closed]

During an uprising known as "The Awakening" gods begin to appear seemingly out of nowhere all along an empire with a whole continent under its power. They are not gods, per say, but rather immortal ...
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Real world effects of a modern day superhero? [closed]

Suddenly on the news, reports indicate a god-like superhero with immense powers (equivalent to Superman or Jesus) has just prevented a large natural disaster, defeated a terrorist organisation and ...