Misotheism and Maltheism

In my history i have been accused of “blaming God” for my obstacles.

It´s funny how if a person thinks a supernatural entity goes out of “his” way to help a person one s considered to have faith.

If one believes in a good, benevolent God one is a beliver and if it is followed by acts, cultic or otherwise one could be considered religous.

If one belives in a bad, mad, deluded, sadistic or evil God, creating the world for his own means, going out of his way to personally sabotage one…..strange looks follows.



Yet, ideas like these are not new or unique in any way.

The Gnostics saw the creator God (or Demiurge) as evil or deluded in some of the traditons lumped together under that name (Gnosticism).

In their view the real absolute and impersonal God (The Arche, Monad, Bythos and other names) did not, and will never create anything (though there are purely idealistic emanations from him forming the “Pleroma” or “fullness”.

Creation of a material world was seen as more or less a mistake (one of the Aeons of the Pleroma creatng the Demiurge or….”God”).

However, Gnosticism being emanationistic, influenced as it often is, by Neoplatonism, as spark of the Pleroma remains in man.

Notice how many mythologes includes a theme where the Gods or the God creating and keeping the cosmic order also want to prevent wisdom and knowledge ever reaching man.

Usually there is a bad guy ruining that (Satan, Loki, Prometheus).

Perhaps there is wisdom and “wisdom” (the Divine being protective and wanting to introduce it in its own time and perhaps in reasonable portions. Or the whole thing could be part of “the plan” as some religions would hold).


Suffice to say that who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in mythology is not as clear as it might seem.

Let us pretend that the terms “good” and “evil” are not philosophically imbecile and use them anyway.


Which one represents the true nature of "God"? From: http://larrytanner.blogspot.com/2011/11/evil-god-challenge.html


Ancient polytheistic religions usually didnt have concepts like the Judeo/Christian “good/evil”.

Gods competed and reacted in different ways to eachother (as forces do).

Some forces where perhaps unbalanced. Some might be balanced but destructive to other forces or concepts but not “good” or “evil” in the way we usually think of it today (besides, morals differ between cultures and philosophies which ofcourse reflects in mythologies).


Anyway, misotheism (a dislike or distrust of Deity) or Maltheism (the belief in a malign Deity) are not stranger than the oposite and just as much part of Theological thinking as the oposite or any other viable philosophical concept of personal Divinity.

Neither Atheism, nor Satanism are escapes for the one who belives in an oppressive God.

One thought on “Misotheism and Maltheism

  1. Reblogged this on Gideon Jagged and commented:
    Interesting post mentioning the evolution of the good/evil polarity in religion.

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