So, I recently received an (unsolicited) free copy of an ebook on polytheism. The email was signed by author Michael Hill, but the email address looked a lot like spam. So instead of clicking the attachment I decided to do some googling.
I found out that there really is a polytheism treatise by Michael Hill, and it looks like a real hoot. According to the abstract:
“Numerous and unrelated pieces of physical evidence currently exist that proves the existence of the Gods.”
“A few examples of physical evidence, historical events like the Black Death, and some thoroughly-explained logic were combined to tell a complete story that reveals the answers to most religious questions.”
In case I was still on the fence, this pretty much confirmed that the book is not worth reading. Helpfully, the rest of the abstract brags that it’s a short, easy read. In fact, it says that of the 44 pages in the book (so… paper?), more than half is bibliography. In other words, Michael Hill believes he has polished off 6,000 years of theological debate in a handy 20 pages.
The best part is that Hill seems to be trying to found a whole new religion, “Hill Evidencism.” I finally gave in to curiosity and downloaded the complimentary pdf. Here’s a an actual quote:
“The main reason why lightning is physical divine evidence is because lightning frequently introduces humans to fire… After being introduced to fire, humans learned how to use fire.”
It’s hard to argue with reasoning like that… but not for the reasons Hill would like to think.
All of this reminds me that, although polytheism is a beautiful concept, there’s not a whole lot of respectable work being written about it these days.
I wonder if I should take the time to write a polytheism book of my own?