beautyfromashes wrote:earthling wrote: We do have very very powerful imaginations though and most will fill in unknowns or blanks with some form of wishful thinking when needs aren't met.
Yes, but I think we are also becoming much more narcissistic which might be a reason we are seeing more people rejecting the idea of something higher than themselves. We've replaced the belief in a God with a belief that we are God, the center of the Universe.
Well growing understanding of natural forces replaced the god concept for many. I'm with the natural forces camp, that we are more likely the result of natural forces changing over time, not a god ourselves. Our growing understanding of natural forces allows us to manipulate it to our needs for better or worse, and misuse of that might be considered 'playing god' to some believers. Is curious how easy it is to attribute anything we don't understand to supernatural forces. Doesn't take much power of imagination and power of suggestion to get there. And it only takes a few generations to cultivate it into a belief system. In the instant Information Age, that seems to be unwinding.