What did the Greeks believe about the origins of the god of the universe?
Ancient people frequently attempted to reason the effect of a unknown force with a deity so as to trace it to a cause. So they believed in many gods and goddesses who worked together and in part to order their world in day to day life.
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Before scientific knowledge available to us today, people invented divine forces to explain the forces of nature and events. We have physical archaeological evidence of this going back up to 60,000 years ago. The familiar Greek gods were brought into Greece by nomads in the second millennium BCE,… who replaced or overlaid the previous inhabitants and their gods. Being nomads, they had sky gods; the previous agricultural inhabitants of course had earth gods. The new gods had to absorb the old gods (just as in Christianity it has absorbed previous practices eg Christmas being reset from January to December to absorb the hard-to-stamp-out Saturnalia, and popular Isis was absorbed into Mary). So in Greece the earth goddess Demeter was retained as a mystery cult; Apollo raped the priestess at Delphi (ie pinched her shrine but kept the priestess and snake), etc etc. We have an obvious high-god progression Uranus-Chronos-Zeus with each predecessor deposed by succeeding waves of nomadic invaders and their own substituted. And there were all the other gods who looked after different parts of the environment and activity (eg Hermes, as well as being messenger of the gods, was patron of medicine and thieves). The Greeks themselves were aware of this succession of gods - the 5th Century BCE tragedies refer to 'the old gods' and 'the young gods' (ie the current ones). (MORE)
According classical mythology, Hermes was born to Maia on mount Cyllene in Arcadia as the son of Zeus, the king of all of the Greek gods. He is known for the wings on his sandals which helped him fly, as he was the messanger of the Olympian gods. He was a god of travel protector of the wayfarers. …He was as eloqent as a public speaker, as cunning as a thief. (MORE)
If you are assuming God spelled capital to be our Father ... Then... Greeks believed in a doctrine passed down from the oracle of Delphi to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, called philosopha doctrine. As a result of believing in philosopha doctrine and its pillars(Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, P…olitics, Asthetics, Dialectics) Early Greeks believed in many gods. Paul defines this phenomenon when he visits Greece which is documented in Acts 17. Their gods are well documented and often referred to as Greek mythology. My personal take on this Greek phenomenon, is that the Greek gods are directly connected to the fallen angels and their offspring, which are defined in Genesis 6. Paul also warns how allowing philosopha doctrine to infiltrate among Christians can spoil the gospel, turning it into something for which it was never intended (Colossians 2). Liberation Theology, is evidence of how philosopha doctrine spoils the gospel of Christ. (MORE)
They orginated from the Titan Lord Kronos wh was created from Tartarus which came from Choas (a.k.a. The Void).
It is difficult to single out the ancient Greeks for their religious beliefs. Almost all peoples of ancient times believed in one or more gods, and the Greeks were no exception. Religion helped people explain how the world was created and gave them hope for divine assistance in time of peril.
They came from Kronos the Titan Lord the Titans came from Gae, the earth, and Uranus, the personification of the sky
The ancient Greeks believed that that the gods controlled all typesof different things such as love and romance. This belief systemprovided scientific explanations things such as thunder andlightning.
IT was their religion to beileven them Because human beings have imaginations and the mind thinks about abstractions, such as "why are we here?" and "is there a God who created all this?" Since the answers to these questions are a mystery, people will tend to make up their own explanations to satisf…y their need for comfort that they are not alone in the universe and that their existence has meaning. Different cultures at different times have come up with their own unique concept of God (or Gods, as the case may be). The Ancient Greeks made up a pantheon of gods that resembled mankind in their looks and attitudes. (MORE)
Man has always had the desire to worship something or somebody. As man has not seen God with his natural eyes, he makes up images to represent the unseen God. Because God created all things in the natural world then this same God must be in the stone or the wood or even water. So long as man has a… tangible object to worship he is content to worship that. It is difficult for some to worship that which they cannot see. (MORE)
The ancient Greeks did not have science to explain how the Earth works yet, so they made up stories about Greek gods to explain forces of nature.
The ancient Greeks believed in a pantheon of 12 major gods and hundreds of minor gods. They also believed in Titans (the parents of the gods) and heroes (the children of gods who mated with humans).
\n"Polytheism" is the word you're thinking of.\n. \nAccording to the Greek Mythology which was considered live history for the average ancient Greek person there were three generations of gods \n. \nThe first generation was Uranus and Gaea - ÎÏ ÏÎ±Î½ÏÏ ÎºÎ±Î¹ ÎÎ±Î¯Î…±. Uranus and Gaea had many children also known as Titans - Î¤Î¹ÏÎ¬Î½ÎµÏ Î¤Î¹ÏÎ±Î½Î¯Î´ÎµÏ. \n. \nCronus = Time - ÎÏÏÎ½Î¿Ï = Î§ÏÏÎ½Î¿Ï son of Uranus and Gaea conspired with his mother Gaea against his father Uranus and one day he manages to kill Uranus who was cut in pieces that were thrown in the universe creating the first stars.\n. \nThe genital parts of Uranus that were fallen into the ocean gave birth the goddess Aphrodite [one of the versions]\n. \nCronus married his sister Rhea but as he was afraid that he will face the same fate as his father he was eating the newborns when Rhea delivered them. \n. \nRhea had lost already five children when she decided that when the sixth would be born she would protect him/ her from his father. When the sixth was born, a boy, she managed with the help of the Cretes [ÎÎ¿Ï ÏÎ®ÏÎµÏ - ÎÏÎ®ÏÎµÏ] - men of Crete to hide the new born in the mountain of Ide. \n. \nShe replaced the child with a large stone that Cronus ate. \n. \nIn the mean time Zeus, the new born, was raised by the Cretes and the holy goat Amalthea. When he came of age he made an agreement with some of the Titans to take over the powers of Cronus. With their help he managed to take control of the situation. \n. \nHe killed his father Cronus and liberated his brothers and sisters, Hestia, Hera, Hades, Poseidon and Demeter. \n. \nZeus married his sister Hera and agreed with his brothers to define the areas of their responsibilities. Hades had the control of the world under, Poseidon ruled the surface of the land and the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers while Zeus maintained control of the air. \n. \nHis six children that were born by Hera - Ares, Mnemosyne[Zeus] - Athena, Leto - Apollo and Artemis, Maia - Hermes, Hera - Hephaestus and his brother and sisters were the famous 12 Olympian gods and goddesses who were ruling the ancient Greeks until the dawn of Christianity at 395 AD/ CE. (MORE)
Ancient Greeks believed in Gods because there were things they couldn't explain so in order to have a explanation for everything they made up stories about gods.
The Greeks believed that their gods and goddesses were omnipotent and omnipresent, just as we view God today. This was a religion, not just a collection of stories.
All Christians believe in Jesus Christ, as their saviour.Having said that, they come in more varieties than you can shake astick at. . Some groups believe in the literal truth of everything in theBible, including in Genesis. . Some believe the Bible is a mixture of history, allegory andparables an…d scientists are probably right. . Many groups are somewhere between the above two. It should be noted that Christ did not say how the universe wascreated or teach that this mattered as part of what it meant tofollow him. He simply taught us how to love God and each other. However, the Christian Church did make pronouncements on this andit is these that have lead to the problems in Christianity as theenlightenment, and the scientific method applied to evolution andcosmology have proved that the Church's teachings were incorrect. (MORE)
That they had unlimited power of one aspect. Zeus was the king of the gods and so had better power than any other god. The loads of minor gods and goddesses were are immortal and so they have less power but still powerful.
it started out with chaos(nothingness) then it had gaia(earth) tartarus(tartarus) nyx(night) erebus (darkness). then gaia and tartarus had pontus(sea) uranus(heavens) ourea (mts). gaia and uranus had the titans. nyx and erebus had blame woe fate death sleep upperair day revenge deception strife olda…ge and friendship (MORE)
The original Greek Gods were created in ancient Greece by the nomads.They were created to explain the forces of nature and events.Being nomads they had earth gods and sky gods.
Most of the Roman and Greek Gods and Goddesses share enough attributes to be considered roughly the same, but with a different name - Latin for the Roman, Greek for the Greek. Some of the Roman and Greek gods and goddesses for example, Apollo, have only the one name for both the Romans and the Greek…s Example- Zeus> Jupiter Poseidon>Neptune Hera> Juno Aphrodite>Venus (MORE)
The ancinet Greeks beleived in a pantheon of many gods, including the Olympians, the titans, and others. However when Christianity spread into Greece the country was converted to believing in only one God.
When they could not explain something they put a god. Example thunder, then they said Thor was angry.
It is difficult to say for sure whether Euripides believed in the Greek Gods or not. He lived in Athens through 406 b.c. and wrote many plays. His plays are about the affairs of the Gods, so Euripides most likely did believe in their existence. Alcestis features Apollo, Herakles, and Thanatos. In Tr…ojan Women, Poseidon and Athene are main characters. And the Bacchae revolves around Dionysus' punishment of King Pentheus of Thebes and his mother for failing to worship him. With these examples, it's easy to assume that Euripides did, indeed, believe in the Greek Gods. (MORE)
I believe it is. The Greeks were one of the first known people to exist. Egyptians and Africans were around the same time as the age of the Titans.
Dunno, for somthing to belive in really. (probably just an excuse to sacrifice people) ACTUALLY, human sacrifice was frowned upon in greek society. They believed in their gods for the same reasons you believe in yours. Which is... a question only you can answer.
The Greeks believed that the gods controlled all of nature. They were a Pagan religion. They also believed that gods were immortal, and that they were titanic compared to the humans. A couple of gods include: Zeus: Controls the sky and causes lightning. King of the Gods Hera: Zeus' wife and si…ster, deals with marriage and women. Poseidon: Zeus' brother, god of the sea and horses. Causes earthquakes. Hades: Brother to Zeus and Poseidon, god of the underworld. Aphrodite: Goddess of Beauty. She can cause men to fall in love with her. Hephaestus: God of the anvil and fire, disability of walking. Apollo: God of the sun, music, poetry, medicine, and flocks. Brings the sun out on a chariot. Artemis: Goddess of the hunt, believed to be associated with the moon, Apollo's twin sister. Ares: God of war. Usually reckless Hestia: Virgin Goddess. Goddess of the hearth and fireplace. Hermes: Messenger God, depicted having winged helmet and boots, some believe to not actually be a god, but be immortal. Athena: Goddess of wisdom and military strategy. Daughter of Zeus Demeter: Goddess of grain and fertility. Mother of Persephone Cronus: Titan of time. Father to Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, and Demeter. Rhea: Titan married to Cronus Gaia: Titan mother of Cronus. Known as mother Earth Oranus: Titan of time, one of the first. Chaos: The first. But now, all Greeks, or most, are Christian. (MORE)
Very much like humans: they had emotions, likes and dislikes, they did good things and bad things, they often quarreled among themselves, they loved and hated, they were capable of mistakes.
No, Homer did not believe in the gods that he wrote about. He was a Pagan, which is someone who believes that there is no God or gods at all. All of the storys he wrote about were Myths.
YES. Greeks were the first people to become Christian [Besides Jews] The new testament is written in Greek.
Many of the deities of Greek origin explain things that happen for unknown reasons by a unknown force, for instance the weather, why night turns to day, why certain flowers exist, why a person dies, how they die, and where they go when they die - also it is a very early explanation to why we feel th…e things we do. (MORE)
The Titans, specifically Cronus and Rhea birthed most of them. After Zeus defeated them a few gods/goddesses came after, such as Aphrodite from the sea and Athena from Zeus' head (full grown!)
In the beginning, there was Uranus, the sky, and Gaia(Mother Earth). They gave birth to the Titans, and the original Cyclopses. The Titan Kronos begat the first Olympian dieties.
The Greeks didn't believe in god in ancient times because Moses came with the Torah (Jewish holy book) long after the Greeks had there mythological ideal with the Olympians and the Titans, but later on in history many Greeks did convert to many types of Christianity, Islam, and Judism.
They believed their gods had human-like qualities, so probably the same thing Greek nobles and other important citizens ate? Like duck, bread, wine, etc.
The Romans and Greeks had the same reasons as other people throughout the world, right up to the present day. Religion helped people explain how the world was created. It gave them hope for divine assistance in time of peril, as well as hope for a life after death. The Greeks sought advice and knowl…edge about the future from their gods, but the Romans asked augurs to provide advice and knowledge about the future by performing animistic rituals. (MORE)
The greek's Believed that the gods and goddesses were related because the greek god life started with mother earth Gaea and Uranus who had the 12 titans and the males took there sisters as wives.
It is the Hellenistic religion. You can be called a Hellenic Polytheist, just Hellenic, or (and this is what these people are usually called) Hellenist's. Hellenistic = relating to Greek culture.
The wrong answer is "The Greeks believed in the Gods because they needed an explanation for the forces and elements, but saw nothing. They couldn't do it themselves, so they thought supreme beings controlled them." This is a common myth derived from 19th century revisionist history much like the …myth that humans thought the Earth was flat--which virtually no one did. The Greek gods were not invented to explain rain or lightening. They are derived from the obvious question all humans ask, " How is there something rather than nothing?" The Greeks had gods or God for the same reason every culture on earth, then and now, does. The most famous Greek thinkers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, rejected the idea of many gods. Aristotle, who invented the discipline of Logic, showed humans believe in a creator because they use logic to assertain there must be an uncreated mind behind the universe. A Necessary Being. Otherwise, there would be a infinite regress of causes--which is logically incoherent. It must be a Mind because reality is intricately designed and beautiful. This point is all too clear today--an age where humans understand the forces and elements and still believe in God. (MORE)
The Greeks believe(d) in the Greek gods because they were their explanation of why and how everything functioned. Every god/dess has a role in the universe, and they all have their own individual jobs and responsibilities.
Some didn't. But it probably started since they thought of powerful beings controlling and ruling the world.
You would have to ask a Greek God or Goddess, wouldn't you? I'll give you a hint: Khronos (Time) AnankÃª (Necessity)
There are many like: Aphrodite Ares Dionysus Hercules But To Find Them All t's Best To Google "Greek God's And Goddesses" Hope This Has Helped You A Little =)
No he did not. Aristotle created the discipline of logic. He used this logic to answer life's greatest question. ..What is holding up reality? His answer was the universe must be held up and sustained by something that was uncreated and not part of the material world. . Otherwise it too would r…equire a cause. We see design so it must be a mind . He called this God... The unmoved mover and first cause. He determined God was One...There were not "gods" (MORE)
All of the Greek city-states believed in the same gods. The premiere god that Spartans worshipped was Ares, the god of War. Castor and Polyduekes were the warrior twins that were favored by the Spartans, treated almost as if they were gods. Castor and Polyduekes saved their sister Helen from Theseus…' rape. Helen of Troy had a daughter Iphigenia by Theseus and gave her to her sister Clytemnestra, not being able to look upon the child of rape with love. (MORE)
Îypnos (ÎÏÎ½Î¿Ï in greek-eepnos) was a god or demon who was the personification of sleep. His twin brother was Death (ÎÎ¬Î½Î±ÏÎ¿Ï in greek-thanatos). Their mother was Night (NÏÏÏÎ±-neekhta) and their father Erebus (ÎÏÎµÎ²Î¿Ï-erevos). In gr…eek, even nowadays, the name of this god is the word that means sleep (ÏÏÎ½Î¿Ï-eepnos). (MORE)
The home of the gods was Mt. Olympus, which lies on the border of Thessaly and Macedonia in modern Greece. Olympia was a city founded in honor of the gods, but was nowhere near the home of the gods. It was on the southwest coast of the Peleponnesus, which the mountain was near the northeast coast …on the Aegean. -Indiriel _________________ Olympia. Who would ask that kind of question?? (MORE)
They were personifications of thins like the sun and the moon, but they were also the forces that be and they became the center of Greece's religious culture. If something good or bad happened the gods were responsible. They helped people answer questions that they couldn't.
Personally i believe that every person has the right to chose their religion. Greek religion is considered paganism by the christian world but i think that nobody can decide what is right and wrong as far as the religious beliefs of another person. Sometimes each of us has their personal beliefs abo…ut religion anyway, even if we belong to the same religious group. (MORE)
Not all Greek gods and goddesses are no longer believed in. There is the Hellenic Polytheistic Reconstructionism (also Hellenic Reconstructionism) which is a ongoing religion focusing on reviving the old beliefs of Ancient Greece.
They didn't. The Greeks believed that the gods could have influence over you, and even make your life pleasurable or miserable, but they couldn't control you directly. It could be argued that there are two exceptions: The Furies were the embodiment of the wrath of the gods toward an individual…. They could drive people to do horrible things (e.g. they drove Heracles into killing his own family). But they couldn't force you to do it - you did it out of anguish and torment. The Fates didn't directly control a persons actions, but they did control when that person died, and some believed how they lived (i.e. the concept of Fate). Fate was in inescapable force, so that is a means of control, though indirect. (MORE)
well one belief is that the gods were just human but bigger and had special powers. they also used gods as answers to things that they didn't understand. this religion was the start to many others .