greeney2 wrote:Ancient scientifically unsophisticated humans looked around, knew they were incapable of creating something as "complex" as the world and themselves, so they figured something more powerful must have done so.
Scienticically unsophisticated? I beg to differ Ancient cultures were extremely advanced. You only have to look at the artifacts and structures that today astound todays scientists. They were hardly stupid people, and the building of the Pyaminds 4000 years ago, their accuracy and alignment, is considered near impossible, with the technology of that time. The ruins of the Mayans and alignments with the sun and on certain times and dates, is an astounding feat. You are talking about cultures so separated and remote from each other they may as well been on different planets. Yet, these completly different and totally separated cultures ranging from the Egyptians and African cultures, European, Asian, North and South American, all just imagined the concept of God never knowing of other cultures exsisting. And independantly advanced to a point of remarkable scientific things, knowledge of the universe, tools and building, precision measuring. How they were able to cut and move huge stones, accuratly enough to have alignment of the pyramids as close as they are, is very advanced.
By "scientifically unsophisticated" I'm mainly talking about them not having a scientific method. It's got nothing to do with construction.
Notice where you quoted me and pay attention to the underlined words:Ancient scientifically unsophisticated humans looked around, knew they were incapable of creating something as "complex" as the world and themselves, so they figured something more powerful must have done so.
In other words, they knew that prior civilizations couldn't have built the planet, and they also knew they couldn't have created themselves. With no knowledge about evolution or cosmology/Big Bang, they must have thought something more powerful created them and the world. And so it's quite easy to think why humans from all parts of the world, from different cultures and different times, would all imagine there being a deity/idol/god of some sort.
It appears that the period of development between Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons (about 50,000 years ago), when intelligence began to peak, is when the first known idols/deities began being worshipped.
Intelligence without knowledge can make people believe funny things.
I don't believe what I believe because it's what I desire to believe. I believe what I believe because it's what logic and reason cause me to believe. All I want is to live with the truth -- nothing more, nothing less.