“Should we be surprised if men dismiss us when they see such mockable and annoying gods?”
Εἶτα θαυμάζομεν εἰ καταφρονοῦσιν ἡμῶν οἱ ἄνθρωποι ὁρῶντες οὕτω γελοίους θεοὺς καὶ τεραστίους;
In this dialogue, Lucian imagine the gods assembling to debate the strange and countless gods worshipped throughout the world and the concomitant loss of Olympian dignity and human reverence. The gods vote to clean out the divine ranks.
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If Plato had had his way, then no one would have heard anything bad about the gods e.g. from the Republic
Plat. Rep. 2.378d
Ἥρας δὲ δεσμοὺς ὑπὸ ὑέος καὶ Ἡφαίστου ῥίψεις ὑπὸ πατρός, μέλλοντος τῇ μητρὶ τυπτομένῃ ἀμυνεῖν, καὶ θεομαχίας ὅσας Ὅμηρος πεποίηκεν οὐ παραδεκτέον εἰς τὴν πόλιν.
The tying up of Hera by her son and the throwing of Hephaistus by his father when he was trying to prevent his mother being hit and the battles of the Gods which Homer composed must not be admitted into our city.