ABC Online Gods can teach us - just don't worship them ABC OnlineThis is the basic nature of myth. Any one myth "is always a tree with many branches," Calasso said recently in the Paris Review.
Must secularists be wary of gods? As political and ethical authorities, yes. As guarantors of knowledge, yes. But as literary inventions? Not at all.
Most obviously, this is because gods reveal a great deal about the human condition. Humans invent (or borrow) the gods we need. It's telling to see what we make of them.