The belief in many Gods. Not the idea of “All Gods are One God.” But instead
Comes in several flavors, soft, hard and my favorite eclectic polytheism.
I am a hard polytheistic Pagan and I don’t believe in a single unifying principal / deity / power / energy or God as the underlying foundation to the universe nor do I see any great power creating the universe.
I view the Gods as individuals and I don’t view them as the same thing or even the same idea. The idea of deity is a catch all for beings, powers, energies, ideas, forces, archetypes, memes; anything that is more in the mental/spiritual realm and defies defining. I like the idea that deity is the pattern we see in chaos that brings greater meaning to our lives. I do see the Gods as something extra ordinary that influences, communicates and interacts in our lives through various ways. I don’t see the Gods as some thing greater than us, an all powerful being that represents the ultimate super-human with all the “correct” traits that will preserve humanity.
I feel that the nature of the universe is set up on it’s own rules and is a natural process that requires no super-being thought to exist. I see the universe as an infinite cyclic creation that exists and re-exists for all time. I do not see a catalytic point as required but instead see a paradox creation that caused or was caused by time.
The Gods are far more complex than any series of labels.