To paraphrase, you seem to think the blog’s real question is why did people create a god with (the written about) god like features. If I paraphrased incorrectly, feel free to correct.
Actually, to be more clear, since the original poster said “I’m an ex-Catholic agnostic, so I don’t believe any of this stuff is real anyway”, to help introduce my own point of view from the stance of never having been a believer or religious, it would help to follow my own understanding if I changed the questions around to how I thought they should be formulated. Secondly, the god-like features in the quote I put there, was to set up everything I said after that, being about features that not only do we experience, like love and fidelity, but how men from that era might have thought a supreme being would operate with the same features. So you were more or less on the point :D
Why does the self confidence needed to create a god end up with a god that is so superior that man is left as nothing but a beggar from man’s own creation?
Like Equal opportunity Curmugeon said, self-confidence doesn’t have much to do with the need to create a god. Could you clarify what you meant by that statement? Then you said, to paraphrase you myself, in creating a superior god, we have by default put ourselves in a position of inferiority, as beggars, if I got that correctly. It would make sense that we are inferior, in the same way that a child is toward a parent, no? Although I think the right way is not to beg, but to ask…politely? I don’t know how to pray lol
Who knows exactly how individuals expressed themselves when attempting proper worship, especially towards gods, or a god, when people thought they were directly involved with human affairs. One must have been worried he or she was worshiping correctly. I think that is apparent in the way people worshiped gods in public as a society. But at the individual level, I’m sure everyone had their own version when praying for good fortune. And then obviously, having avoided any major misfortune, the result can most easily be attributed to their degree of worship.
Write4U – Post#89:
Interesting post, I enjoyed it much and agree with everything! The only thing I suppose that got me thinking differently is when you dared to say (how dare you! Hehe :D) that the concept of god has been around from before man even emerged as the dominant species. Could it be possible that the chimp was merely waving his stick at the thunder, as nothing more than pure bravery, while not bothering to care exactly what was producing it?
Wouldn’t it be fascinating instead, that one of our first “boosts” in intellectual capabilities, the first of our thought processes to develop after we branched off into our own evolutionary direction, was to start off by developing the concept of causality (our first attempt in this case, being a misunderstanding though!). So basically, I guess what I’m asking is (I confuse myself sometimes), could those thoughts be the first ones that newly, intelligently emerging, dominant species develop, as opposed to being shared with non-dominant species?
As for the link between god and the violent elements of nature, no reasonable person still thinks the elements are directly controlled by the gods. It seems more popular this day and age to attribute god to what happens to those unfortunate people affected by natural disasters. Could this new, vaguely indirect, version of “godly intervention” be a good example of a sort of remnant of early cognition? A modern day twist of an ancient misconception that persisted through time? One that is “up to date” with modern science? Which is what I was saying before about how complex this god idea has become. *sigh* What a mess =P