Please do. I read you often but we've had little or no dialogue. What I am saying is a few shades of gray away from what you're saying. I'm saying that the sciences of anthropology, the museum sciences, the sciences that produce evidence for historians to piece together: these are the sciences in play. They have negated the possibility that the gods were not fabricated out of myths. That is, they have established for us that all the religions we know of are rooted in myth. That makes all of the gods created in those myths human fabrications. The necessary conclusion is that they can not exist, for the reason that they are fictional. You may be able to think of a reason for concluding that some other deities remain possible, but once these deities have been shown to have been fabricated, that eliminates them as candidates for this hypothetical pantheon which just might be lurking out there. That covers all the known deities. But such reasoning is more contrived than the stories we started with. Imagine, for example, trying to reason that all of this is a smoke screen created by the Easter Bunny, who values his privacy from the complaints of humans. (Like in the Gilgamesh Epic; it was the Mesopotamian reason that their gods sent the flood that wiped the slate clean.) Imagine tryng to convince yourself that "the Easter Bunny works in mysterious ways". There are limits to what we entertain as plausible candidates, right? At some point we read the facts as they are, without embellishment and without cultural bias. And we declare such propositions void. That in my mind is a better description about how any scientific inquiry proceeds. It's all about the preponderance of evidence, not something that allows for ideas that are planted in us by superstitious ancestors. We want to be objective and give full faith and credit to the evidence. The more plausible connection with paranoia, as borne out in the artifacts, is that fear of the forces of nature: peals of lightening, earthquakes, eclipses of the sun and moon, furious storms and floods, falling stars, and erratic behavior in animals (swarming locusts/frogs, unexpected migrations, etc) -- are the powers that rule over people, which they must subjugate themselves to. Gods do not appear out of sudden moments of inspiration. They evolve. From the animist to the polytheist to the monotheist. Over thousands, probably tens of thousands of years. Here for example is one of the oldest illustrations of animist anthropomorphism: the crossing of a bull with a human: Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! That's what I'm saying the evidence does. It renders impossible that any of these gods existed, within reason, since they were all fabricated by human myth-makers. Well no, not in any reasoned inquiry. This is process of elimination. We reject all the known fabrications and we don't invent any new possibilities. We don't accept that the Elohim (the plurality of Gods who created us in Gen before Yahweh came along and created us in Gen 2) because the Elohim are fabricated in myth and are therefore stricken from the list of possibilities. And we don't spin on this and contrive another avenue of possibility -- that it's all a trick. We reject all such bias before we ever start out because we're trying to be conscientious about applying the scientific method. And it does. You will not find one expert on Earth who believes the flying spaghetti monster took form out of the Ocean and went to war with the Mesopotamian god Marduk who slew her and flung her body parts across the sky to create the universe. Nor will you find one who believes that the half-human bull ever roamed the Earth. You may find some who believe that this deity actually descended into the womb of Lord Krishnas virgin mother, creating him. But this will not be a person applying the scientific method: Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! As am I! Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!