What is Euhemeanism?

What is Euhemeanism?

July 1, 2021 Off By Felso

Euhemeanism or Euhemeanism is the doctrine of atheism of Euhemeros of Cyrene. Euhemeros of Messeneli, who grew up in Aristippus’s school of hedonism, is the theorist of the attitude of the Cyrene School in the religious field. According to him, the prerequisite for wisdom is to get rid of superstitions. The gods are the creations of men and were born from the development of self-love and self-respect as the great men of the early ages. People gradually increased their respect for great people to the level of Godhead and invented various Gods.

Euhemeros describes all this in a novel-like travelogue and says he read it in an inscription he found in a temple on the island of Penkhaia in the Indian Ocean. Roman poet Ennius Euhemeros with his work, BC. The Hellenistic novelist Euhemeros, who lived around 300 B.C., spread these thoughts in Rome. Euhemeros is hedonistic and rationalistic, his aim is to fight the gods of his age. However, the famous church father of Christianity, Augustine, used this open atheism to glorify Christianity by demonstrating the absurdity of polytheism and idolatry. This is why Euhemeros has achieved such a reputation. These ideas of Euhemerps were defended much later by the English philosopher Herbert Spencer.