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Encouragement of greed, selfishness, and stress. The American Psychological Association even released a memo on holiday stress; the top three negative emotions experienced were fatigue, stress, and irritability. 38% of people polled responded that the level of stress in their lives increased around the holidays; lack of money was the second leading holiday ...


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Stealing attention from Jesus While Jesus represents the religious meaning of Christmas, Satan Clause represents the secular aspects. By shifting peoples attention away from seeing Jesus as the symbol of Christmas and to worship a secular symbol instead, he turns people away from faith. Making people more materialistic Satan Clause doesn't reward people ...


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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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Farmer, farmer, and farmer Assuming it is independent and not a satellite settlement (a satellite community is far far more likely) there is only one job, farmer. there is not enough people to support specialized labor. (note farmer might be replaced with fisher in a coastal settlement) Maybe, maybe they have a blacksmith, although a hundred is is a pretty ...


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Conservative means wanting nothing to change. Whatever society is, it should stay the same. What that means in practice depends on where you come from, but it is often, and in this case specifically, related to the position of the church. Make it part of the religion Consider the historic concept of the nun or monk under Catholicism and invert it. They're ...


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If science proved that there was a God, the first thing everyone would try to do would be determine if he was their God. Depending on the nature of the God and how it's proven that he exists, this may be easy or hard to do. During the period in which everyone was still trying to determine which God he is, there would be a host of reactions. Some believers ...


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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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If he did not provide happiness at the darkest time of the year, nobody would want to bother living. A lot of people look forward all year to Christmas, even though it is generally the coldest and darkest time of the year (especially when it doesn't snow). If people didn't have Christmas, they wouldn't have very much to look forward to. This would mean that ...


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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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First, as already covered in this answer, a theocracy can be more concerned with people following its rules than with people following its god. Historically some Muslim rulers were like that, such as the caliphs in al-Andalus (modern-day Spain) in the 10th-11th centuries. Second, your religion(s) might practice monolatry or henotheism rather than ...


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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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SaaS(Souls as a Service) Dea is actually an Agile Soulware Developer. However unlike the developers we're familiar with, he has complete control of all aspects of the ecosystem. The raptures are basically his way of deprecating+recalling older products, and the next wave of life on Earth is the next release wave in his Internet of Things. Every time he re-...


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The seven deadly sins are greed, envy, gluttony, sloth, pride, wrath, and lust. The entire point of Christmas is to encourage greed, envy, and gluttony. The tradition of giving gifts encourages the first two, and feasting encourages the third. Santa just oversees it all, and gives the gifts that will best fan the flames of these sins. Greed: People asking ...


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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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As it stands, the U.S. court system is barred from hearing cases that are not based in some factual question and the person petitioning the court can be potentially harmed by the law in question (standing). Thus we cannot say for certain how the real life court would rule as demons have made no such claim. That said, we do have a few laws that could justify ...


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Islam is a religion with as many varied views as any other major religion. There is no correct answer, for different clerics will have different interpretations of scripture and for their respective communities, they will each be right on their own way. There are many possibilities for interpretations, but I will just add two: one from a known source that ...


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There's an app for that. Take advantage of your power over the software industry, specifically the gaming and social-media sectors, and create a trend. Offer meaningless internet points, in-game badges and upgrades and stuff, in exchange for your "character" doing things that advance Hastur's goals. Make it social so it spreads easily. People who run all ...


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He can't The Christian definition of Messiah requires certain signs of proof. He must: heal the wounded revive the dead Bring good news to the poor No miracles from NotJesus means by definition he isn't the Messiah. The Jewish Definition states that the Messiah must: gathering of the exiles (For most modern Jews, this gathering applies only to the ...


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There are two parts to any religion. There's the god bothering, heaven and hell bible bashing aspect, and then there's the community. Religion isn't just about god and belief, it's also about community, identity and belonging. This is a very powerful aspect that should never be underestimated. It's really the community that controls your behaviour over and ...


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I'm going to put my religion in Pompeii. I'll found my religion in Pompeii around 420 B.C.E. My fundamental promise to the inhabitants of the city is that I will never let the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, hurt them for as long as they worship me. The frequent but non-devastating earthquakes will keep them interested in pleasing me. In 79 C.E. they will know I ...


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This is actually a rather similar dilemma to the problem of evil in Christian philosophy. The problem of evil is the question why an omni-benevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent God would permit bad things to happen. There's a lot of literature on this, and you could take cues from how the Christian God is able to get around this conundrum. The easiest way ...


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There are a number of preconceptions that need to be cleared away in order to get at a useful answer. Religion is not reducible to faith, belief, ethics, or philosophy. Religion does not necessarily have anything to do with "gods" in whatever sense. "Miracle" is an extremely narrow and specific type of event that is properly limited to Christianity (though ...


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Why does Hinduism not meet your requirements? From Hinduism.SE, neither the monotheistic nor polytheistic labels properly fit Hinduism. You can read the various answers yourself; some answers say it is strictly monotheistic, some say it is both, some say it is neither. However, from an 'outsiders' perspective, one in which all religious practice can be ...


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Because God or Gods are actually real. Just because some people assume in our modern world that objective proof is lacking, does not prove (or dis-prove) the existence, or lack thereof, of a God or Gods. Also, in your proposed society, there may be reasons for faith, or even proof(s) discovered which are not available to a modern-day type society.


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This is easy. The God of the single religion exists and makes himself known. Right now, we don't have scientific evidence of any extra-physical entity. And by scientific, I mean such that we could make a hypothesis, perform an experiment, and make observations that fall in line with the original hypothesis. In your world, there is. Perhaps on the full ...


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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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Unlike the main answers, we actually do see a few specialized professions even in small villages. This is true both for the middle ages and for contemporary indigenous people. Most importantly, there would be a priest. Even small villages have a shaman, witch doctor, priest or other religious figurehead. According to some historical research, productivity ...


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He needs to give his powers to the people. That wasn't god, that was Bob! He can make a weather shield and he doesn't even go to temple! If any one of the people (or perhaps only a select few skeptics) in the society can also perform the miracles then the need for the god will disappear. Once people realize that there doesn't need to be a god to create ...


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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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Just ask Moses From Artapansus of Alexandria in his History of the Jews: Jealousy of Moses' excellent qualities induced Chenephres to send him with unskilled troops on a military expedition to Ethiopia, where he won great victories. After having built the city of Hermopolis, he taught the people the value of the ibis as a protection against the ...


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