Religion: Invoking the Gods

The appetite of the young for religious experience is leading along exotic paths these days—demons and gurus, mandalas and myths. Syracuse University Religion Professor David L. Miller encountered the phenomenon two years ago when he set out to teach a course on ancient Greek religion: his students asked him what application the Greek gods might have to their lives today. Miller mulled over the question while attending a scholarly symposium, where he heard Radical Theologian William Hamilton say that today's students' spiritual search "looks like polytheism," that the young want "total access to all the gods of men." Now Miller, 38,...

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