False gods are the reason I call myself Agnostic and the story of Doubting Thomas makes me lean toward Christianity while science edges me toward the Gnostic vision of god. Religions have rules about worshiping false gods and every culture considers their god true and the others false—that proves Narcissus is god and I’m doomed to go to hell because that’s the one god I have trouble believing in.
I use Neil Gaimam’s American Gods as the image for this post because of his cast of media gods.the media truly makes their own set of gods. One of my characters has a pop culture obsession so you can say she worships this new cast of American Gods. Do I wish she will become the next popular culture juggernaut, the chariot of the gods that bulldozes through the manic masses? Yes and no, but generally I’m too dispirited to care.