1. D.M. Dutcher says:

    It may not always be energy-based, but yeah, the idea that people can become immortal or as gods drives a lot of science fiction. It’s become an actual philosophical movement too, in the same way that cyberpunk briefly became one from the novels of Gibson and others. A definition of the movement can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism 

    I think why incarnation is popular in general is that we understand at a gut level that some things we need a Mediator for. That we can’t really bear the full weight of divine reality without something that can bridge us. This is why Christianity is strong, because you would have to be both fully God and fully man to be able to bridge the gap. Other gods are either people in drag, or are so alien and unknowable that contact with them swallows us and our personality up. 

What do you think?