To be sure, there is an important sense in which they are; if the Lord God Almighty sees fit to use that as a metaphor you can be assured there is a good reason.
Spoiler: My answer is, I don’t know. My goal here is to attempt to convince you that you may not know as well as you think you do either.
Last night the kids wanted to watch the ball drop. I figured, why not. But we were also watching the college football game and it ran right up to the wire.
One of the perennial arguments of the conspiratorially-minded is who is on top. Is it the Freemasons? Jesuits? Catholic clergy? Illuminati? The Khazarian Mafia? Any of several variety of aliens?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had vivid and complicated dreams. Not just “I ran into my dad at school and he was playing basketball with my old swimming coach and then I noticed that the gym had no roof and I was wearing no pants; how random!
I’m just going to quote this chapter, because I find it amusing, and I’ve said what I have to say on the topic of Roman religion.
The next several chapters continue to examine the question of what religion does in a polity. Many of these chapters break cleanly into an examination of how Rome treated religion, followed by Machiavelli’s examination of the Christianity/Catholicism of his day, dominated by Rome.
Machiavelli gives his chapter 9 the subtitle “That to give new Institutions to a Commonwealth, or to reconstruct old Institutions on an entirely new basis, must be the work of one Man.
In Chapter 7, Machiavelli discusses the utility of the ability to do what both translations call “accuse”; I think in modern terms that might be better rendered as “bring a lawsuit”.
These chapters consist on several ruminations of the power the people of Rome had, especially against their nobility, and the utility of that to the Republic.