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My Faith: Reclaiming Halloween's religious roots
A pagan altar constructed for Samhain, which Pagans celebrate around October 31.
October 31st, 2012
11:36 AM ET

My Faith: Reclaiming Halloween's religious roots

Editor's note: Christine Hoff Kraemer is managing editor of the Patheos.com Pagan Channel and an instructor in Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary.

By Christine Hoff Kraemer, Special to CNN

(CNN) - As Halloween approaches, Americans rush to malls and shopping centers, credit cards in hand. Children are outfitted as ghosts, Disney characters, princesses and superheroes, while adults dress to impress with “sexy” witch, vampire or pirate garb. Cookies shaped like jack o’lanterns fly off the shelves along with bag after bag of packaged candy.

In American culture, Halloween has mostly become a reason for a good party.

So it may surprise you to learn that the roots of Halloween are religious. In fact, for Americans who practice contemporary Paganism, Halloween is one of the two most important religious holidays of the year. Known as Samhain (pronounced SOW-un), the holiday is modeled after the ancient Celtic festival that marked the beginning of winter.

In Ireland, Scotland and parts of what is now France, ancient people believed that on the night of Samhain, the veil between the living world and that of the dead grew thin. The festival was a time to honor one’s ancestors and to remember deceased family members, as well as to prepare for winter.

In some communities, windows and doors would be left open to invite the dead to visit. Herds would be culled and a feast prepared, with a portion set aside as a gift for the spirits. Those who were grieving spouses, parents, children or friends would hope, on that night, to receive a special communication from their loved ones, some message of love from the other side of the veil.

This ancient festival comes down to Americans through the Christian church. In Mexican Catholicism, it is still celebrated as El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead, observed on November 2).

The Samhain trend grows globally

On this day, family members build altars with photographs of deceased loved ones, bright marigolds, special food items, candles and images of playful skeletons in bright costumes. Families visit the graves of their loved ones, often holding picnics in the cemeteries so that the spirits of the dead can join the feast.

American Pagans are inspired both by the ancient Celtic Samhain and the Mexican Day of the Dead. In Paganism, death is seen as part of a natural cycle. Every fall, farmers harvest the crops that feed us, and then the plants begin to die. The death of the crops in winter is necessary to help fertilize the land and prepare for another year’s growth. This cycle of growth and death sustains human life.

Human life and death are often seen similarly, as part of a natural cycle. We are born, we make contributions to our families and communities, we raise children and then we pass away so that those children can make the world their own.

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Samhain is a time to contemplate mortality. But when Pagans remember their dead, they also affirm that those who have died are not wholly lost. As one Samhain prayer says, “What is remembered, lives.” Through remembering our ancestors and our loved ones, we maintain a connection to the past and to those we loved so dearly.

As a Pagan, I gather with friends and family on or near the night of October 31 to tell stories of our deceased loved ones. My beloved dead continue to teach me through the stories of their lives.

In years when I am grieving, I tell stories of my grandfather, who was orphaned as a teenager and lost his first wife to tuberculosis, but who learned to love again. In years when I am having adventures and taking risks, I remember my great-grandfather, who as a child once escaped from a locked schoolroom closet by tying the coats together and climbing out the window. And when I am nurturing my independence, I remember my grandmother, who lost her husband too early, but found her bliss in a close and loving group of friends.

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Halloween need not be a whirlwind of frantic social obligations and expensive purchases. Nor do you have to be Pagan to remember those who have passed over, or to make peace with your own mortality. This Samhain, I invite you to decorate not just with ghosts or witches, but also with photographs of your beloved dead.

Buy a bouquet of your grandmother’s favorite flowers, and invite friends to cook old family recipes for a Halloween potluck. Tell the family stories that your children or your spouse may have never heard; light candles, dim the lamps and listen to the wind. This year, let Halloween once again be a time for family and friends, and for welcoming the dark.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Christine Hoff Kraemer.

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  1. Wayfaring Stranger

    A Word for All of Us.

    It has been drawn to my attention that the path of Hurricane Sandy made the shape of the Hebrew Letter LAMED, ל I find that most interesting as this letter in Hebrew means to learn, it also speaks of the King of Kings. This very strongly indicates to me that the King of Kings is not only telling us something but He is teaching us how He feels about what is happening in the United States of America.

    When I first noticed the path of the storm Sandy looked like Lamed, I stopped and begin to pray over this, and during prayer and asking God what did this mean, I heard in my spirit that small still voice that speaks to those who know His Voice.

    "This is the beginning of Great Sorrows for the Churches have fornicated with other gods and have offered up prayers that are a stench to my nostrils. Those who have called themselves people of God have deceived the people and fed their own bellies with unclean foods of greed and spiritual pride. No man can save them now, for those who know me and I them must know My Word is the Beginning and the End of all things, now it must rain on the just and the unjust alike. There is still time for repentance for those who have sinned against Me, but Judgment now will fall on the Nations who have come against Jerusalem and My people.

    As for Jerusalem I say to you, I will cleanse my house first, fall on your faces and repent before it is too late. You have invited horrible sins into My House and the time for cleansing has come near.

    END of MESSAGE

    Shalom, jerry golden

    November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      I don't want the Christians to be confused so here's this:'Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'

      November 1, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • YoozYerBrain

      @ Wayfaring

      HILARIOUS!!!! Couldn't stop laughing, thanks! BTW, reading your description of you particular fantasy makes me think your version of "god' sucks!!! What an evil dude, always smiting this and threatening that. What a tool!! Biggest baby killer in history in fact. Here, here's something you'll enjoy. Even though it's presented by America's Best Christian, it has a lot to do with the Old Testament, so FUNNY!!! What a "deity" you all have there!

      Hope you understand that I'm being sarcastic and your writing is actually a show of tragic brainwashing.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq3U09DeKpg

      November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Fast Eddie Is Lord!

      No, the hurricane was in the shape of the letter O, meaning that the God of Gods, Fast Eddie, wants everybody to go have as many Orgasms as they can wrangle.

      It is divinely written in the Holy And Infallible And Kinky Scriptures Of Fast Eddie, and thus is trueier than all other scriptures. So it is true.

      And you naysayers, know that the Scriptures of Fastness say "there will be mocker, but ignore them for they are nincompoops. They only prove Fast Eddie right in their mockery because we have this pre-emptive overcoming-resistance mockery section in our book,:"

      November 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • ray

      Wow – I'll have what you're smoking.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:50 am |
  2. Anybody know how to read?

    Confusing the creature with the Creator is the common thread of man's thought. Having a god is the default position and without a revelation the confusion would continue to the end.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • Huebert

      In all fields of science, the default position is to as.sume nonexistence until evidence is found to the contrary. Weather you are discussing the effect of a new drug, or the existence of a new planetary body, until supporting evidence is found the default as.sumption is nonexistence. Why should questions about God or gods be treated any differently?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      Bert, that's not the way it comes across from the High Priests of Science. It's the ET believers that like to turn your assumptions into FACTS, which of course, helps funding. Is that why they never receive a scolding?

      November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Huebert

      Regardless of your personal understanding of science, it operates according to the principals that I stated above. The reason that ET (Evolutionary theory?) is so widely accepted is that it is the most supported theory in any branch of science. No other theory so adequately, and elegantly, explains the diversification of life.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      Actually Bert, I was talking about space cadets. Whatever happened to SETI? That's a lot of effort at looking for something they don't believe is there.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • itsallaloadofbollocks

      anybody, SETI is looking for other life that may also have appeared and evolved to a level of intelligence that would allow either intended or unintended signs that are detectable; that is not the same as believing in a god.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Huebert

      Sorry for the misunderstanding. Let me try to explain scientific thought. First a hypothesis is proposed, lets use "Aliens exist" for this example. At the same time the inverse of the hypothesis is proposed. The inverse hypothesis is refereed to as the null, in this example the null would be "Aliens do not exist". Data is the gathered. If the If the data supports the hypothesis the null is rejected. Until then, the null is the accepted position.

      I know that this is complicated. That is the reason that Research Methods is a 300 level class at most universities.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      Bert, I have found this contradiction to your statements. '...........Want to increase your effectiveness as a science teacher for the middle grades? Join us and learn about the nature and history of science as well as how to help students in this age group grasp the scientific method. ...........' http://www.ce.ucf.edu/Program/2996/Teaching-Science-Grades-4-6/

      November 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Anybody know how to read?

      Your scientific method, Bert, sounds like the Hegelian dialectic.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  3. Rocket

    Halloween has a pagan history, it does not honor God in any way, therefore I believe as Christians we should not recognize Halloween

    November 1, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • sam stone

      Good for you. I suppose Christmas is next

      November 1, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • Ting

      Sam...nice.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Religion is Not Heathly for children or ANY living things

      Yes, and you can include Easter AND Christmas in that SAME Category! ALL have PAGAN roots! But, unlike YOU, I do not see this as a valid rational to eliminate the holiday!... I have NEVER celebrated those holidays because of any "presumed connection to a god". I celebrate them as HUMAN events that promote HUMAN cooperation, HUMAN love and HUMAN charity!
      I can't think of a bettter or more benevolent cause!...

      November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
  4. Moon

    I never said the floods had to happen at the same time or even that i believed ANY of the floods actually happened. I was merely pointing out that there are multiple flood stories for every people. So the original posters assertion that noah & his family couldnt have possibly taken care of all the earths animals is correct but in order for them to be correct you must assume that EVERY flood story is true. Which i do not. I thought my comparison between the bible & aesops fables would have told you that. A good read & a good moral guide but you cant take either in a literal sense. Besides doesnt the bible say something about noah taking plant life as well? I believe i remember reading that. Also since there is a flood story for every people that explains the diversity in the human race. Even tho noahs 3 sons were each given a people to repopulate... Hmmm...

    November 1, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Mary Rogers

      Moon, don't blame others when you don't make yourself clear. You say you don't believe these stories and then you say that if there were multiple arks then theorectically they could be true. Even if there were multiple arks it would be impossible to gather ALL life and then house them in a finite space. You could have hundereds of arks and it still wouldn't work. Not only that but critters are pretty contrary about being captured anyway. The idea of lions peacefully coming to an ark is crazy.

      The bible doesn't mention anything about plant life. but still, how could anyone save ALL plant life, even with multiple arks?

      I get tired of people claiming that these things COULD HAVE happened. They imply that there is ambuguity in this manner. There isn't.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • Mary Rogers

      One more thing, the diversity of the human race is easily explained by evolution. Diversity happens when populations are isolated from each other. So for instance Africans have black skin that protects them from the sun. But when mankind moved into Europe and encountered a much colder environment they lost the need for dark skin.

      Seriously you need learn about science before make speculations.

      November 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    November 1, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • Your mother

      You are an idiot.

      November 1, 2012 at 9:25 am |
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      This troll is not a christian.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs. .

      November 1, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • You left out

      ....

      as in:

      ....
      BULL SH IT ALERT

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Religion is Not Heathly for children or ANY living things

      Prayer is empy, wishful thinking and changes NOTHING. Positive benevolent actions by HUMAN BEINGS is what CHANGES things! Prayer is delusional and pointless. Prayer is VERY UNHEALTHY for impressionable children! It teaches Children to NOT ACCEPT RESONSIBILITY for their actions! Prayer teaches children that an imaginary being will "magically" solve their problems for them, so there is NO NEED to for them to accept ANY responsibilities!!! This is VERY UNHEALTHY!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  6. renee

    Read myrelig.com :
    Church tackles old priest

    November 1, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  7. RC

    All Saints Day. All Souls Day. Have you never heard of them?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:54 am |
    • Dubhly

      all saints day is the day following all hallows eve more commonly known as halloween ( hallowseve) however the celebration itself is exactly what the author of the article wrote...samhain the end of the year ( death of the year) for the norther european keltic peoples ( a few more then them but they were the majority and at furthest extent covered everything from spain to asia minor on the continent, as well as the british isles. There is also evidence of their presence in germanic lands as well from some linguisic and diefic evidence (although admitantly it has been 20 years since i spent any real time looking at the subject it was a major of mine at one time...once upon a time) ok im tired good night and hopefully my rant edifies

      November 1, 2012 at 3:17 am |
  8. Len

    Happy Halloween! Weirdly, it's not as pagan as either Christmas, or Easter.

    November 1, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Dubhly

      actually its just as pagan as both of those...Christmas... boths stolen from european pagan holidays to convert the peasants to christianity...want more..valatines day..Norse god..vali god of archers and lovers..day in spring ever wonder why cupid has a bow? St Bridget–Goddess Bridget both of which keep an eternal flame Santa claus reindeer first ones were donner and blitzen ( thunder and lighting in english) Thor was the god of Thunder and lighting, and jolly bear of a guy with red hair. I could go on, but pagan religion still abounds just called something else so its more palatable to they christian mythos instead of the original ones.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:02 am |
  9. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    hindu atheist, ignorant self centered gone with the wind.
    Mike
    And where is this so called proof you speak of. Surprising, considering most scientists don't believe in god.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.
    Can any thing exist with truth absolute, constant? Yes or No.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • dock your dong with dudes

      Saladandchips.com Hindu bloody fart Muslim shart ruined undied skid mark faced hindus

      November 1, 2012 at 12:03 am |
    • Steve

      Where is your proof that most scientists don't believe in God????? I think that's a big mistruth right there. Please show me that facts. Even today I will bet most of them are believers. In years past, a lot of scientists were priests. Imagine that. Actually the Catholic church much to your amazement I'm sure, had a lot to do with scientific advancement. Go figure

      November 1, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • biobraine

      Science advanced in spite of the catholic church not because of it

      November 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Religion is Not Heathly for children or ANY living things

      Steve – "Where is your proof that most scientists don't believe in God????? " A true scientist only believes in phenomenon for which there is tangible and observable EVIDENCE! There is absolutely NO tangible nor observable evidence of ANY god whatsoever! So, there is no scientific REASONING to support ANY such belief! This is how the scientific method works! That is why religion has no place or purpose in the context of science! YOU are free to believe ANY nonsense that you wish, but DO NOT attempt to drag SCIENCE into your presumptions until you have ACTUAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Mary Rogers

      You seem to forget that Gallleo was put under house arrest for daring to claim that the earth revolved around the sun.

      November 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  10. Reality

    Only for the Pagan crowd:

    Mocking Wicca and Paganism?

    Spells, curses, covens, black magic, witches, voodooing dolls, hoodooing the results, shadow books, maypoles,
    god(s) and goddess(es), Gerald Gardner et al??

    Never!!!!
    🙂 🙂

    October 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • dock your dong with dudes

      What about the dark lord and his evil armies bent on pillaging and ra.ping the souls of the unwilling spreading the butt cheeks of your mind and forcing in the impure thoughts of a turd cutter blowing the fecal matter of gods bloody eyeballs of truth. Ya feel me? Hail Satan.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  11. Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

    Sience proves existance of truth absolute God, constant, essence of existence, deny it with your hindu atheism, ignorant self center ism, with a proof.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
    • Mike

      And where is this so called proof you speak of. Surprising, considering most scientists don't believe in god.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      Can any thing exist with truth absolute, constant? Yes or No.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
  12. bob

    Name one thing when religion has proved science wrong ?

    NONE

    Now name the many things that have been proved wrong via science in religion.

    World Being Flat – not true
    Population of World coming from 2 people ( Adam and Eve ) – not true ( they didnt know about genes 2000 years )
    6 Million animals on one boat and fed by 8 people – not possible
    Praying – dont work any more often then flipping a coin heads up
    World being 6000-9000 years old – not true earth only is 4.54 billion years old
    Humans and Dinosaurs on earth at same time = this one is untrue and proven by more ways then one!

    and more

    ALERT year is 2012 not 1408, wearing robes, lighting candles and carrying dead statues down isles is for the past not now.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Moon

      While i agree with some of what u said (honestly didnt read past ur point making list) i have this for u to consider: Did you know there is a flood story for every people? So you are right. Noah did not take 2 of every animal on the earth. He took 2 of every animal and something about creeping things from his region on earth while the "noahs" from the other peoples took their two. Seriously... There is an african flood story & a native american flood story... And so on & so forth. Besides you cant read the bible as literal. Its mostly like aesops fables.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Bob

      I can think of one way religion has disproved science:

      Science has us believing that humans are a very intelligent race of beings capable of amazing things.
      Talk to a creationist, and you'll no longer believe that to be the case.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • thecollegeadmissionsguru

      @Moon, SO you are wanting people to seriously consider that there were multiple Arks across the globe? But there is NO credible evidence of a world wide flood in the history of the earth, further, a flood of the entire earth would have killed off ALL plant life and in the end ALL life would have ended because there would have been too little biodiversity to repopulate the earth following a flood of this magnitude.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Bob

      LOL Oh shit that's going to be my comment of the day!

      October 31, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
    • G. Zeus Kreiszchte

      Moon: That's a really elementary assertion. Not one of those ancient cultures that recorded a "great flood" had any way of knowing that their flood covered the entire earth. Not one had any camera-equipped satellites in orbit, nor did they have any vessels worthy enough to circumnavigate the entire planet to verify that the "whole world" was indeed flooded at any given time. Get a clue, man!

      October 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      hinduism, absurdity spoken from hindu soul, filthy desire, without any knowledge. way of hindus, ignorants.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Eliminate hinduism, religions corruption of truth absolute by hindu's lairs, for peace, Islam among humanity.

      But science proves existence of GOD, truth absolute,

      October 31, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
    • Len

      bob
      You forgot the bit about bats not being birds, pi not equalling just 3, and demon possession not actually being real. The bible was written by backwater hicks. There were plenty of better educated peoples living around them who knew better.

      November 1, 2012 at 12:52 am |
    • Mary Rogers

      Moon, there is a good reason why many cultures have flood myths. They had to settle near water supplies (rivers, lakes, oceans). It makes sense they would have floods sometimes.

      The fact that these people had no way of knowing if a flood covered the entire earth is a good point. Some scientists believe the legend of Noah's flood may stem from the formation of the Black Sea. There is evidence that it used to be a valley with settlements but a sudden rise in sea levels (probably from the end of the ice ages) flooded the area. The event would have been very sudden and catastophic as the water broke through the sea wall.

      All you would need is the human capacity to exagerate and a long oral tradition of re-telling the story to get "Noah's Flood"

      November 1, 2012 at 4:01 am |
  13. G. Zeus Kreiszchte

    Tomorrow is The Day of the Dead! Let us all remember all of those DEAD GODS that have come and gone from the bowels of the human imagination - and that means ALL GODS.....they're ALL DEAD! In fact, they never existed, so they were never living, nevertheless....

    October 31, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Dubhly

      actually you can no more prove they are dead then anyone can prove they are alive, that makes you as lame as the radical fundies....so chill

      November 1, 2012 at 3:06 am |
  14. Sam Yaza

    http://www.lost-civilizations.net/images/celts/Wheel_mt.gif

    http://ballahistory.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/woy.jpg

    8 the divine number shows up in every culture

    October 31, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
  15. margaret

    Eeewww. Turnips!

    October 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  16. TerrySue

    Halloween Rocks, going to church sucks id rather put my money into a costume then a money basket anyday.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  17. GOD

    I Gave you brains use them ! you thinking i care if you light a candle or wear a robe ? id rather see you finish college !!

    October 31, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • Mary Rogers

      LOL!

      November 1, 2012 at 4:05 am |
    • Church

      We don't want you to finish college.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am |
    • Religion is Not Heathly for children or ANY living things

      Churches tend to FEAR knowledge because the more knowledge one aquires, the less likely that one will continue to believe in MYTHOLOGY! TRUTH and KNOWLEDGE are not friends of RELIGION!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  18. JohnHoward

    The same things religious people say to prove they are right can be applied to any story from wizard of oz to star wars.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  19. IDEA

    It seems the forums have become outlets for the insane lately, really read these posts its almost laughable. There is being religious and there is being religiously insane. the latter seems to apply in cnn forums.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • Dubhly

      fox news shut off their comments section awhile back so the nut cases came over here to roost.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:08 am |
  20. Sam

    There are exactly 3.5 Gods. I know this to be true because of my faith in Them. You can never disprove this. So it must be true.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • IDEA

      I happen to believe there are 4.78 gods. look buddy if you don't believe my count we are at war !

      October 31, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      you know i don't know how many gods, but there are definitely more then three
      i mean i worship 5

      so disproved right there

      October 31, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
    • YoozYerBrain

      Actually Sam, there is a mathematical formula to figure out how many gods there actually are, so science once again comes to the rescue. Here's the formula

      G=ab(q0)

      where G = the number of gods, a = the number of people doing the calculating, b = the number of miracles thought to have been performed among the people doing the voting, and q is the largest number you can think of in this moment to multiply by 0. So you always get the correct answer. Math is great!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • ZeusDeusMaximus

      No YOOZ you got it wrong as that equation was recently modified to account for precessional drift. It now reads;

      G=ab(y0)/1 + [z{E}uS(y0)}

      because of the gravitational constant being revised back in the '60's. No worries, though, it's a common mistake. Anyway, the answer ends up as G = Z{E}uS/1 when solved for z as Z. Admittedly, that's algebraic trickery in some circles since the Milosian Shift changed the dynamics of the Carrying Boson, but there has NEVER been a successful attempt to disprove this equation. You're welcome. Puny human.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Sam Yaza

      ....

      why do i even talk to you humans....

      your all morons

      science is just a suspension of belief its a way to explain away the grief.

      Gods a real because people believe their real

      they are as real as any other thought

      November 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
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