Originally posted by randyvs
reply to post by GafferUK1981
And this isn't even close to true.
No, people of antiquity I believe were highly intelligent and didn't just believe what someone told them.
Our ancestors were certainly no dummies, but intelligence doesn't mean (unfortunately) that people wouldn't believe something because somebody just says so. The Greeks, very smart indeed, believed that the Gods live on Mt. Olympus, the Heaven's Gate sect believed a UFO will come and pick them up and they committed suicide, people believed in witchcraft and women were burnt alive at the stake. The Mormons believe that Jesus came to America because a convicted con-artist named Mr. Smith said he found some ancient gold tablets and God dictated him the translation. Now, about 50% of Americans think somebody who truly believes such nonsense would be a good fit to be President. So, no, unfortunately, intelligence is not proof for reasonable beliefs. "The individual is smart, the masses are dumb"
Everything thing they did took great knowledge and effort. So no, if they did something, like copy manuscripts of great importance ? Or believed something they felt should be immortalized by gigantic, symmetrically perfect, stone monuments ? I don't think they were to interested in lies or fairy tales.
Do the Pyramids then proof that the Egyptians were right to believe in the Sun god Ra? The temples of the Maya proof that God is a feathered snake? Will in a thousand years people believe in Superman, because the comic books were copied millions of times?
Neither impressive buildings nor the painstaking and costly copying of manuscripts proofs that the underlying belief system ist true...... It only proofs that it was of great importance to them.