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So when or why did prehistoric man start to believe in "gods". Was Eric von Dannekin right - Was god an astronaut?
Originally posted by Frogs
reply to post by Sailor Sam
The idea of gods may be untraceable as to where it first originated.
However, power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Somewhere way back in the mists of time a priest or king figured out that being a god was a pretty good gig. He declared himself a god and got people to go along with it. This has happened throughout history.
Originally posted by davidchin
It depends on your perspective.
For those with a view of evolutionary starting point, it could be a matter of when self-awareness and insight developed that, with progressive thinking, the idea of a higher ultimate consciousness would seem to be a logical conclusion.
For those with more of a creationist viewpoint, the first man would have known that he was created and knew his God who created him. The more appropriate question from this perspective is "When did men start to forget their God and start thinking that there were other gods, or perhaps even none at all?"
Originally posted by Glass
The idea of God(s) stems from anything which is unknown or poorly understood. The earliest Gods that we as a species remember were personifications of nature.
Primitive societies didn't understand why the wind blows or why the tide comes in, their explanation was that there must be some invisible being controlling these things. They created a God for nearly everything: wind, water, plants, animals, the sun, the moon...all in a basic attempt to classify and understand.
I think the idea of God must have been around ever since humans had began asking "why?"