Author: Raven Kaldera
Publisher: Asphodel Press
Synopsis: Polytheism―the worship of multiple Gods and Goddesses―is still a fledgling movement in Western civilization after centuries of oppression and near-obliteration. Many consider it mere superstition, but a new wave of polytheists are analyzing their faiths in the same way that mainstream religions have done. Dealing With Deities delves into one theology of polytheism with clear and consistent explanations of belief, placing it on the same stage as any other players in an interfaith examination. For polytheists who want to take a deeper view of their faith, and for non-polytheists who want to learn about what goes on across the many-colored side of the religious fence, this book is a valuable and sensible resource that shows the power and profundity of a modern look at this ancient path.
Review: I saw this book on a friend’s bookshelf on Goodreads.com and thought what the heck, let’s get it and see. I bought the e-book version from Lulu.com. It didn’t take me long to read it since it is only 135 pages long, but for a short book it is sure packed with good information. The author deals with things like the nature of the Gods, worshiping, the divine and not so divine, myths, ethics, the relationship between the Gods and Humans and a lot of other topics that a newbie to polytheism would like to know about.
From the beginning the author does give a disclaimer saying that this is from his point of view and you should take it or leave it as you wish. I’ve decided that I was going to take about 90% of it :-). The author does a good job of setting up his book with definitions of polytheism and the other “isms” out there. I liked the way that he simplified things for everyone who might read the book and I liked that he wasn’t just talking theory but also some theory of practice.
All in all this book is a good way of learning about polytheism simply. Again, make up your own mind on things that you don’t agree with BUT no one is going to agree with a book 100%.