Almost as an aside, a couple of people on those threads I’ve been linking to like to mention Neolithic goatherds, as though what such notional creatures might or might not have believed has any relevance to what their current antagonists might believe. I imagine there have an idea that religion was deliberately invented by said goatherds and then imposed on a thousand generations of unwilling minds. It doesn’t work that way. Societies, tribes, groups- more than individuals- are continuously reinventing and renegotiating- with heavy borrowing it’s true, much like language- their understanding of the world and the way they reconcile themselves to it. The need to do it comes from inside them. Whether the answer they find corresponds to anything outside them is another question. It is, in fact, the big question. Neolithic goatherds are not germane.
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