posted on Feb, 27 2012 @ 11:55 PM
Men invented gods around the time that reason and reflective consciousness first evolved.
Reason and consciousness give human beings the illusions of free will and control over themselves and the world around them. Almost at soon as they
evolved, however, we discovered that there are events in the world beyond human control – for example, sickness, death and the way the wind
Almost simultaneously, we discovered that there are also internal
events beyond the control of human reason and consciousness – dreams,
compulsions, berserk rages, wild infatuations and so on.
Now the new paradigm of consciousness and apparent free will seemed to imply that every movement was the work of a conscious mover. When the source
was obviously not human – as in the case of the external events beyond human control – it was all too easy to imagine a disembodied mover: a
spirit, a demon, a god.
As for an unwilled internal event, that obviously had to be the work of a spirit of some kind that temporarily gained control of the actor's body –
'the Devil made me do it', to quote the Boston Strangler.
Such was the probable genesis of the gods.
edit on 28/2/12 by Astyanax because: of an adjective.