posted on Oct, 18 2013 @ 10:52 PM
Since religion had to have a beginning, atheism is older than religion.
What an interesting concept. It assumes that religion and modern man did not "begin" simultaneously, of course...a possibility I do not rule out,
though I am rather dubious of it.
Another reason it is interesting is because the advent of cave paintings, which he considers as a marker to the "beginnings" of religion(another
assumption, but Im willing to roll with it), are considered to be the first sign of culture in Early Man...the first step up on the stairway to
civilization. Previous to that, man left no signs, made no mark, had zero progress(so sayeth current science).
So, in arguing that atheism is older than religion, he seems to be providing a clear path to a true evaluation of the value of atheism: Zero.
I'm not so sure I'm completely on board with his reasoning, but I think it has some merit. I would also suspect that long ago, just as it is
today, there were many in religious leadership positions who were closet atheists. So I would say atheism is at least as old as religion.
It may have merit...but to whom is it meritous? (if that word doesnt exist, it should. And now it does XD )
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