Why was the Worship of Zeus and his kin banned?

  • I read somewhere that before Christianity, the Greeks worshiped the seven Greek Gods and eventually it was outlawed or forbidden.

    My question is, Why was the Worship of Zeus and his kin banned?

    I'm assuming there was a war somewhere in the answer and somewhere down the line, the people converted.

    (I understand if this gets closed, I looked to see if their was a duplicate. Didn't see one)

    You mean: Why was the whorship of Zeus banned by the Christians???

    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is more the history of mythology, not actual mythology

  • Sam

    Sam Correct answer

    5 years ago

    Well, first of all, the Greeks had a polytheistic (pagan) society, which the Christians didn't have. They instead practiced monotheism. The Greeks never actually banned the practice of polytheism, but the Christians did. While the Christians were in the process of recruiting gentiles to Christianity, many people were still pagans.The Christians slowly recruited more and more people and there were less and less pagans in the world. Once Christianity became the religion of most societies, anyone, and I mean anyone, who was not Christian, was targeted, not only pagans. In a Christian society, if you weren't Christian, you were treated badly, and that meant the banning of polytheism. Now, there are modern pagans, but had they lived when Christians controlled most societies (they still technically do, but not in the same way they used to), they would most likely have been executed or forced to convert.

    Christian religion control

    More info on polytheism ban/end of Greco-Roman polytheism

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great_and_Christianity is relevant about the rise of Christianity as the religion supported officially in the Roman empire.

    @b_jonas Yes, and Greece (as an empire) was long gone by the time of the Roman support for the Christian religion. Plus, the Roman myths took a lot of inspiration from the Greek myths. Naturally Rome had already conquered Greece (although they did lose it), because of a stupid Greek General albeit, but they still won. Rome was really where the "ban of polytheism" occured.

    the question doesn't ask specifically about the Greek empire. It says "the Greeks worshiped the seven Greek Gods and eventually it was outlawed or forbidden". The Greeks as a group of people still existed under the Roman empire.

    @b_jonas Yes, however the Christians were not putting a ban on the worship of Zeus and his kin (although the question is still not great because it only asks about Zeus and his brothers and sisters), but a ban on polytheism as a whole.

    So essentially, like I say in my answer, this worship was banned because of the Christian ban on polytheism. This occured because Christianity became the religion for most societies. A path that was definitely aided by the Roman support for the Christian religion.

    @b_jonas I will edit the answer, and put in the link, but as far as a summary for why, I think that my answer is sufficient

    @b_jonas the second link I added may be more relevant to the question, considering it deals with the bans, revivals, and fluctuations of polytheism (or at least the Greco-Roman polytheism).

    Thanks for the answer, Bob. I can see now, that I should have put this in the Christianity section or History.

    I would just like to pinpoint that banning old religions is not necessary a Christian plague. Greeks are a fair example of that by themselves. The original inhabitants of Greece (The Pelasgian) was vanquished by the Hellens (what we call Greeks). They was worshiping a mother Goddess. Then the Hellens came and replace this/those Gods/Goddesses by their own storm god. It is a thing you see fairly (truly fairly) often in human history. Even in the Maya we can "feel" how Kukulkan is pushed in by the Aztecs.

    My understanding is that many early Greek/Gentile worshipers of Christ were polytheist. Roman General Constantine, for instance, believed in many Theos (human-immortals) including Jupiter, Apollo, Diana . . . and Christo, who was Jewish origin, just as Apollo was of Greek origin. Daemons were the Greek word for "Spirit" that lived within others, guiding them and protecting them. Socrates famously had a holy Daemon guiding him. The Jews were actually considered A-theos (without Gods) because they did not believe in Theos (Jehovah was an eternal omnipotent presence rather than a Theos).

    The Apostle Paul innovated Religion by adopting Jehovah as the "Father" while including holy versions of the Greek-Daemons, as the Holy Spirit, and adopting the Theos "Christo" which many Greek-Gentiles had already begun worshipping, as Theos. At the same time, he banned the worship of any other Religions, or Theos, and only their Daemon was holy, the Holy Spirit. Adopting Jehovah as "The Father" also has Greek origin, for example, Zeus was "Father Zeus" in The Iliad Book 3 circa 800BC. And, Alexander the Great was the son of Zeus by Greek tradition and lore, by 332BC.

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