Thomas Bulfinch … who said in the opening lines of the first chapter of his 19th-century masterpiece, (If you can’t find the book, look here)
“The religions of ancient Greece and Rome are extinct. The so-called divinities of Olympus have not a single worshiper among living men. They belong now not to the department of theology, but to those of literature and taste.
There they still hold their place, and will continue to hold it, for they are too closely connected with the finest productions of poetry and art, both ancient and modern, to pass into oblivion.”
… Regarding the gods and prophets of our modern fundamentalists … the same will be said.