My grandson named his dog Anubis after the ancient Egyptian canine deity that is either a jackal or a dog.
Those long-ago Egyptians worshiped about 2,000 different gods of every variety, some part animal and part human. The holies were served by an army of priests in lavish temples. The Egyptian priesthood held enormous wealth.
Does anyone today think those gods were real?
Similarly, the Aztecs sacrificed an estimated 20,000 people yearly to an array of strange deities, including an invisible feathered serpent. Did those gods actually exist?
Most people know that ancient Greeks had a pantheon of colorful gods atop Mount Olympus. Greeks sacrificed great numbers of animals to them. And they visited oracles who supposedly transmitted messages from the gods. Wealth accumulated by the Oracle of Delphi caused “sacred wars” that allowed the Macedonian Alexander to seize Greece and end the era of city-states. The Roman Empire had a similar pantheon.
Were the Greek and Roman gods anything but imaginary?
Ancient Scandinavians worshiped a zoo of Norse gods — now considered imaginary.
Ancient Hindu Veda scriptures say there are 33 gods, but according to some sources there may be millions of Hindu gods. Is any of this real?
The Encyclopedia of Gods lists 2,500 known deities — all the way to Nyakaya, the Shilluk crocodile goddess. Who knows what a crocodile goddess is or doubts that she’s imaginary?
Montaigne said: “Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, but he will make gods by the dozen.”
Since thousands of former deities now are seen as fantasies, why should anyone think that today’s supernatural gods are real?