The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Pagan and Christian Creeds by Edward Carpenter:|
and could only be conceived of, as actually a part of
Nature, dwelling in and interlaced with some phenomenon
of Earth and Sky, and having no separate existence.
 For a discussion of the evolution of RELIGION out of MAGIC,
see Westermarck's Origin of Moral Ideas, ch. 47.
How was it then, it will be asked, that the belief in
separate and separable gods and goddesses--each with his
or her well-marked outline and character and function, like
the divinities of Greece, or of India, or of the Egyptian
or Christian religions, ultimately arose? To this question
Jane Harrison (in her Themis and other books) gives an
Pagan and Christian Creeds