The eminent political-liberal magazine entitled Newstateman dedicated last week its Faith Column completely to the Hellenic polytheism by four contributions from Tropaion’s contributors, James Head (aka James O’Dell) and me.

The first two days my friend and colleague James Head, known as James O’Dell, contributes two pieces dedicated to, the first, his epiphany at Delphi and, second, his personal view on Hellenic polytheism, faith conversion, personal deviation and gods existence. Under the title, therefore, 'The ancient gods of Greece are not extinct', James in a condensed and light manner underlines the importance of religious tolerance and non-discrimination of the spiritual believes of men, the meaning of been in communication with the gods. He says:

The advice of the ancient Greek poet Pindar (518 - 438 b.c.) has special importance to me when it comes to our relationships with the Gods and religious practice. Pindar talks about the dea of “phillea”, that is, the idea of a personal "friendship" with our chosen God. We are lucky in that we can enjoy this special friendly relationship with our God and pray to Apollo as we would talk to a close and respected friend.

Sacred areas are part, also, of the course towards the person to god interconnection. The house, the local park, a special place that an offering, such as a libation, is been devoted are well acknowledge by the divine. The act, therefore, of religious praxis is so closely interrelated with the spiritual devotion.

One last point that James points out very beautifully is the matter of ‘divine book(s)’ –dogma– driven religions and the ‘true’ knowledge that, as a result, possess. He states:

Knowledge of all sorts is seen positively by us, but the reading of our many ancient texts such as the tragedies helps us with religious enlightenment. One thing which does amuse me is that a few small minded people criticise us because we are "not people of a book" when the truth is that we had so many books on various subjects; indeed libraries full of them.

James past spiritual background was exactly what chiefly exists in England: non-religious and mostly atheistic leaning attitude, in addition, as a schoolteacher and mathematician, had an extreme scientific view of the world. However, his visit at Delphi altered his life and perspective of cosmos. For twelve years spends unlimited time at Delphi. Apollo, the god of science –self-realization, of healing and protection, and of arts– is his assistant.

Apollo for me is a divine force that guides us towards goodness and virtue, and away from darkness and badness in our thoughts and actions.

As far as for my two articles, I tried to be broader and to analyse the concept of liberal-democratic thought and structure of the ancient Greek city-state under the influence of the ancient Greek religion (here). Finally, I gave the reason I felt important why the household religiosity in ancient Greek religion was essential for polytheism (here).

Please find some time to read them and comment them. I would be very happy to see familiar weblogers personas at the comments’ field!