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Do such fictional representations (perhaps Star Wars and the Jedi religion might be included) indicate that humankind is losing interest in established religion, and would prefer the "holistic techno-religiosity of the Preastronautic worldview?" Were, and are, Blavatsky, Lovecraft, Sitchin, von Daniken, Bauval and Emmerich, responsible for actually inspiring such concepts - or were they, and are they, simply reacting to contemporary currents of thought and ideas?
What I see being the truth is that once the gods took to the stars, they have gradually backed off direct control of homo sapiens, sort of like a parent backing off on the child as they get older so they can take more responsibility for themselves. And just like a typical adolescent, we've crashed the car and gone over our spending limit a few times.
The gods behind the scenes have been basically doing what Frank Herbert described in Dune with the Golden Path. The reason why the world looks like there's been this secret cabal extending throughout mankind's history controlling things, is because THERE IS THIS SECRET CABAL EXTENDING THROUGHOUT MANKIND'S HISTORY CONTROLLING THINGS!!! It's the same gods who physically ruled over mankind from the pyramids 30,000 years ago. Thoth did his best in leaving his Emerald Tablets after ruling Egypt for more than 3,000 years.
Their demigod descendants and the various religions that they have used have worked from within mankind to guide us along a Goldilocks-like path toward self-determination. Now that I have some idea of the game they were playing, I have to say I see much better from the best players on Twitch in their respective games. These gods have royally fucked things up so very many times, and homo sapiens are even worse.