Originally posted by sonhouse
My point is this: If you are an intelligent dinosaur, say some kind of way evolved T Rex, you would be literally the meanest SOB in the valley. Would such a being have a NEED to believe in a god?
It points out to me the idea that the reason we need a god is to have a crutch to fall back on, an invisible friend who you think helps you out of difficulties. ...[text shortened]... s good for us as a species or does it lead us down a dark path unable to fully mature as a race?
I think that's a good question; one I've wrestled with myself using similar variations. Namely, what possible good is our god concept and what purpose does it/did it serve?
assuming from a position of an evolutionist who considers the equation without God
On the one hand, one could argue how the binding nature of commonly-held beliefs aided in the group efforts necessary for survival throughout our early and mid-history. But that position also assumes a progression from animal-like existence to our written-history-onward development is goal-oriented: as though we're on a desirable path.
What makes such a position problematic is (at least) three-fold.
• How many other aspects of evolution are based on concepts?
• If faith was
good, what makes it bad?
• If faith is a good thing, why are we the only ones with it?