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I see 2 solutions here. Devotion to specific gods rather than the pantheon as a whole, called henotheism: the belief in and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence of other deities. To a henotheist, entities worshiped by other people can be dealt with a few different ways: They aren't really deities, they're just ...


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What is the difference between a god of murder and a god of war? Is it scale, or just semantics*? You could say that one is the god of murder and the other is the god of mass murder. Murder has very negative connotations, but war, war is glorious. Your god of murder needs an image change, something to make the concept more acceptable. Perhaps he's the god ...


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Killing "offenders" prevents them from learning from their mistakes. Responding instead with a painful or embarrassing curse/disease that lasts for a short time will cause humans to quickly figure out the cause/effect relation here. After a few short months, the only people still asking the Gods for help will be either desperate, drunk or teenagers. The ...


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One simple explanation is that these gods could exist in a higher number of dimensions than we do. We readily recognize 3 spatial dimensions and one temporal dimension, but string theory predicts that there are more dimensions than that, making the idea somewhat plausible. How does that afford these gods supernatural abilities? Let's consider what we (3-...


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If you're happy taking a while to do it, just keep being you. You're an immortal in a tribal society that will have a very short lifespan. You alone can go outside into the wastes and bring back new tech, food, whatever. You alone can walk into an enemy village and not be killed. You alone remember the wisdom of ages past, and remember the histories of the ...


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"Hi, this is your God and I'm going to be, gently, killing all of you in the next little while. Don't panic." Not sure how any marketing department can soften that message. :-) During this rapture, he consumes the souls of human beings, both living and dead. All humans ascend to this being and become a part of it, existing everywhere and nowhere at once....


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The existence and history of Scientology would seem to suggest that there's no upper bound on when a new god might be created and accepted. While Scientology does not per se include a deity, consider that it was created in the modern era (1954), contains scientifically falsifiable claims (76 trillion year age of the universe, among others), direct ...


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Because they are murderers and want the god of murder to bless their efforts or do their bidding. Because they want to appease the god of murder, in order to avoid being murdered themselves.


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I see two options here. Gods care about small set of rules If there is something like the ten commandments, or another arbitrary set of rules, and gods simply don't care as long as you aren't breaking them, you don't need a theocracy. The government will be interested in incorporating these rules into law, but then you need more laws, and people to do ...


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Gods think in time ranges normal humans can not even comprehend. Even if one god has only a few humans more on his side one of these humans might be able to defeat a single follower of an enemy god. This single follower might have an impact on a later battle, which in turn has an effect on other battles... As gods are exactly equal in strength every ...


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Why does it make no sense for the whole population to be artists? Food, water, security, anything handled by the AI is free and therefore any jobs producing those things have no ‘worth’ to society (some humans may enjoy doing those jobs, but I’ll come to that later). The jobs that provide ‘worth’ are those that make other humans feel something. Therapists, ...


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In this world, theism involving the proven gods would map approximately to atheism in our world. Using this comparison, there are a couple of ways to proceed: "Yes, but where did those gods come from? Did someone create them?" This is cool, because you actually have precedent. Someone created this universe. We know that for a fact, and we know who it was. ...


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As soon as you start using "omni" you start having problems. Create something you can't destroy Or in this case Create something the other guy can't destroy Which of them isn't omnipotent, the one who can't create such an item or the one who can't destroy it? Either way, one of them is no longer omnipotent. The old pantheons had a way round this problem,...


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It's very easy to have different religions in an area where gods have been proven to exist. In fact, its so easy I'm not even sure how to write an answer about it. I would go so far as to say that having different religions would be the norm and it would be exceptional for there to be only one religion. As an example, consider those who truly believe that ...


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If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Reading through the benefits of the blessing, it struck me that it's pretty similar to spam ads you might find on the internet - Cure all your diseases! Increase your intelligence! Burn fat! Try this one neat trick to have a green thumb! If it hasn't been very long since the new god's birth, and very ...


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Because they want humans to grow up? Gods see humans as their children. First gods will directly guide humans. Then they will be present and intervene as needed. Then they will take distance and trust humans will remember what they have learned, make their own mistakes and their own choices. Humans with gods constantly guiding them are little more than ...


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I'm going to challenge your premise "but it is not possible to have the world both destroyed and not-destroyed at the same time". By assuming some sort of "multiverse", having both outcomes may be possible. I don't know if you are familiar with open source projects, but I think there is an interesting parallel to draw here: In an open source project, ...


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This situation is very much the case in Terry Pratchett's Discworld universe: It was all very well going on about pure logic and how the universe was ruled by logic and the harmony of numbers, but the plain fact of the matter was that the Disc was manifestly traversing space on the back of a giant turtle and the gods had a habit of going round to atheists'...


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Killing worshippers just because they talk to you might indeed be an overkill. There are certainly ways to mitigate that: Self-help must be a virtue. If you help yourself (or other humans), gods will help you too. Sort of. Gods are there to manage the universe and global concepts such as elements, nature, death and so forth. Everyone knows they care little ...


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That's pretty simple - kill the believers. At some point the number of surviving believers will drop below critical mass and the god will be no more. And that works just fine for medieval technology. See the Albigensian Crusade as an example of the suppression of a religion (or at least a religious sect).


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Make sure it isn't believed. Have the "true believers" know and announce it to the world. Everyone else laughs and ignores it. More fool them. Politeness has been served. If you really were to announce it you can expect society to collapse overnight. Why work, why raise children, why do anything when it's all going to end? Many people would carry on but ...


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Just be "you" as hard as you can But remember to stick to what you've got, it's important not to pretend to any power or ability that you don't actually have. You mustn't get into a position where there's a risk of "being found out" because inevitably they will. However you're not bound by the primary restriction of their society which is the need to ...


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The reasons might be as numerous as the reasons for murder itself. A well known fantasy example: There was an orphan boy in the world of Skyrim, who prayed to the Night Mother to send an assasin to kill the owner of the orphanage he ran away from, because the owner (known ironically as "Grelod the Kind") treated her children very badly. Some hypothetical ...


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It is easy for the Abrahamic God to convince us he is powerful, and by implication we should obey Him if we know what's good for us. Convincing us He is omnipotent is impossible. Let's say that God announces His return with some spectacular miracles which completely break the laws of physics as we know them. Instead of being met with silence, prayers are ...


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It's a jurisdictional nightmare. Ra stopped talking to Apollo 2000 years ago after an argument about who got a sacrificed goat from an Island right on the handover point without specifying which sun god it was for. We're lucky the sun doesn't fall out of the sky some days. Luckily the dead are more easily dealt with, they just go where they expect to, hard ...


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In real history, we have two examples of how something similar was done, so that we cannot say how to do it in general, only how it worked in the Antiquity. In the Antiquity, in general In the Antiquity, in Europe and in North Africa, and in the Near and Middle East, just about everybody was a polytheist, with the one well-known exception, and it was ...


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Curiously, Earth seems to be developing its own god, at least as far as you have partially described. Meet the most adaptable imitator on Earth: the mimic octopus. Capable of shaping itself to resemble lion fish, sea snakes, and even "mimicking a crab as an apparent mate, only to devour its deceived suitor." It's pretty easy to believe this creature could ...


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The gods are evenly matched. Not only are the gods evenly matched, but everything over which they have direct power, which are essentially their creations, angels and demons, are also evenly matched. What conflict there is is stagnant. Due to the nature of godhood, and partly because every god considers that it should be unthinkable anyway, the idea of a ...


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Option 1: The drought. This is the simplest and least intrusive option. The rains failed, the rains failed again, the land can no longer support so many people and they must go their own ways to survive. One of the great causes of exodus of populations over the centuries and liable to cause another great exodus in the coming generations, climate change, ...


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Challenge to your basic concept incoming, I'm afraid... How can Dea ease people into the last days without negative consequences? Why does Dea care about people's feelings? I don't care about how an alkaline battery feels. When it's used up, I throw it away. If that's all we are to Dea, there's no need to "ease" your alkaline battery into its last ...


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