Did we unconsciously model our devotion to God in our own image?

Asked by: GainWisdom
  • It is obvious.

    If you look at the deity/deities of almost any culture, they are a mirror of that culture in the highest form. This is why the god tends to appear as the same race, speaks the same language, has a name consistent with theirs, and so on. The god(s) also reflect the culture. Can you think of any patriarchal societies that have a female god in the highest position? Of course not. Because they are gods, their attributes also become exaggerations of the standards in the society.
    There are exception though such as some culture have gods that look like local animals or a cross between animal and human, but for the most part, they tend to look just like those that worshiped them. Even in the Christian faith the appearance of Jesus depends on those who worship. Though it is probable that Jesus would have a dark complexion, seeing that it grew so much in western Europe, the image of him became very Caucasian. Today, if you look around the world, not only do we have black Jesus, we have images of Jesus in every race including Native American, Hispanic, and Japanese but only in the culture that is that race.

  • I am reading the book, "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel Dennett...

    This quote got my attention, but nonetheless, it doesn't disprove Christianity. This is what the book states, "Hardly anybody would say that the most important thing in life is having grandchildren than one's rivals do, but this is the default summum bonum of every wild animal. They don't know any better. They can't. They're just animals. There is one interesting exception, it seems: the dog. Can't "man's best friend" exhibit devotion that rivals that of a human friend? Won't a dog even die if need be to protect its master? Yes, and it is no coincidence that this admirable trait is found in a domesticated species. The dogs of today are the offspring of the dogs our ancestors most loved and admired in the past; without even trying to breed for loyalty, they managed to do so, bringing out the best (by their lights, by our lights) in our companion animals. Did we unconsciously model this devotion to a master on our own devotion to God? Perhaps, but then where did we get our devotion to God?"

    I believe this to be an interesting point he made. I'm curious as to what you believe. Thanks.

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