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Why Do We Elevate Very Human People to God-Like Status?

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse following day six of his trial on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse following day six of his trial on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ancient Greek mythology is full of stories about the exploits of Greek Gods and Goddesses. While these beings are powerful and immortal, they are also imbued...




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