for laughing at your historical regurgitation of 'God/gods'...
Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" places the decline of the Roman Empire starting with Domitian's reign ("Gladiator"-for those who get their history from movies) and he was correct...except he neglected to see the forest for the trees - to take into account what was transpiring behind Domitian's rule...the advent of the Roman Catholic Church. How could Domitian be was worse than Nero when it came to persecuting Christians? Because the same god-wanna bees (TBTF) were taking over the Roman Empire-just changing the name to -Roman Catholic Church - long before the Roman Empire started to decline- but which they saw coming.
They were not 'Popes' at first, but mere mortal political elites from the glory days of the Empire...but soon to become... God on earth...for the next several millenia.
And with that said...the world did turn upside down...and churches became the most privileged class on earth for several thousands of years...through brute force - not consent, not 'belief', and not faith...but shear force of the tyrannical wealth and power of 'the church'.
Lessons were learned, who in their right minds would argue against The Church?
"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina