(continued from the my first post, above hobbit’s post)
Some preliminaries are in order........
When we look for precedents, we have only the various traditions......
1.) animist traditions.
2.) theist/polytheist traditions.
3.) finally, there is the scientific tradition.
Science has unilaterally put the kybosh on this question. Were any modern intellectual to even raise this question, they would be laughed out of court.
Science will tell us the chemicals we are composed of. It will tell about our ancestry by a comparative analysis of our DNA, and by the examination of fossils.
Cosmologists will explain that the Earth and Sun originated in the Big Bang. End of story.
Science did not set out to tell our story, but it is the only story standing up to scrutiny.
Science claims to know what we are made of and how we got here.
In other words, science can tell us what we are, but not who we are. It does not recognize the latter question as either being meaningful or answerable.
Science is only able to address us as objects........ not as subjects.
Psychology........? In as much as it addresses our subjectivity, it can only be subjective. Otherwise it can only address our behavior.
That takes care of science, what about the first two?
I’m suggesting that there are two types of prescientific origin myths.... animist and ancestry....... and they likely originated independently.
Animism could easily have arisen from entity encounters, especially while in altered states.
Animism does not concern itself with history, per se....... entities just are, and we are another sort of entity.
The various theisms likely grew out ancestor worship.
Ancestor worship is specifically about history. The most definitive account traces our progenitors back to ‘I am that I am’.
I have not improved much beyond the I Am story. But it can be fleshed out, without too much effort.
But there is one big distinction.........
We are either the children of God, or God just made us up from scratch.
Of the three main monotheisms, only Christianity has (attempted to) remain true to the ancestry tradition. The other two have us as being a divine afterthought or diversion.
Me.......? I, of course, take the best of both worlds.
At this point there is some explaining to do........
But there is a crucial question........
Are we the essence of God, or merely an afterthought?
Some Christians, of good faith, are still trying to come down on the right side of this question.
By that historical fact alone, they simply blow all the other traditions right out of the water.
Should ‘we’ then go out and bomb the infidels? Yes....... with this realization alone, we now have the authority to bomb the infidels with the Truth........ we are all the Children of God.
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