From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) latro and ares Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 09:16:11 -0700 Mark wrote in part... >I am especially interested in the almost random manner in which >Wolfe associates Ares with Ahura Mazda, the singular God that embodies good >as >opposed to the plurality of lesser deities that proliferate on Olympos. Slight correction ... Ahura-Mazda (Ormuzd, other spellings) is not a "singular" god but one-half of a dualistic pair; the other being, of course, Ahriman, the god of Evil. The prophecies of Zarathustra suggest that Ahura-Mazda will be victorious in the final battle, but since everything else in the religion posits them as opposite equals, I've never quite understood how that's supposed to work out. >Does >that make Ares an incarnation of the "true" God instead of just an angelic >being - thereby possibly making Latro much more than a man, but something >like >a trial run for Christ? I don't think so. Humans being possessed by or avatars of one of the greater but of-this-world beings called "gods" would not be the same kind or order of thing as a human incarnation of the one transcendent God. --Blattid _________________________________________________________________ The new MSN 8: advanced junk mail protection and 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --