Originally posted by celticniall
Thanks for the reply Vagabond, that was an intelligent post, and we need more like it!
As for the theory of time travellers bringing tech back, if you think about it, early civilisation would not be aware of the greater picture of the world, therefore they would have interpreted the information in a local way. This info could have been used to create a religion or several religions, as mostly religion is one way of organising society, and organising people into a structured way. The priest/rabbai/prophet, or whatever you call them, would have then been the most powerful in the society, as we have seen in the past where these type of people have wielded power.
Of course I am just speculating, but this is interesting.
Theoretically speaking, time travel coudl definately be used to found religions. You'd have foreknowledge of astronomical events like eclipses and could demonstrate small "miracles" of science.
I am not so sure that visitors from the future can account for the things described in the old testament in all cases, but it is an interesting what-if.