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Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

Evolution of gods


“As the ancients tried to understand the forces they encountered in the natural world, they invented personal names for them, much as weather forecasters still do with hurricanes. Further, they unconsciously projected their own consciousness into these storms and other natural phenomena. This is how the human mind first came to create the idea of personal spirits and gods; they were a class of unseen beings that were thought to be responsible for everything that happened in the natural world. We can easily understand how and why the ancients arrived at their polytheistic world-view, because even today we might find a two-year-old who hits his head on the table corner turning round to address the offending object by saying, ‘You naughty table!”

Lloyd Geering, Reimagining God: The Faith Journey of a Modern Heretic

Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and discovered I am autistic at the age of sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

3 thoughts on “Evolution of gods

  1. It’s so easy to see how it all started and such a complicated self righteous mess we have today…all because of weather and other natural events….amazing really

    • I think the majority of those who claim a religious affiliation these days would agree with Geering, at least here in Aotearoa New Zealand. My observation from comments of the religious and non religious alike, are that “self righteous” fundamentalist Christians are more prevalent, and particularly in America, have more influence, than they do here.

  2. You’re lucky..hope they don’t grow in NZ. They are a dangerous influence

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