Cougar you have agreed with me, if you look at the bit where I said that rational thought follows on where belief fails
Perhaps. Is that evolution though, or just culture? (Ie, are we smarter now, or just better informed?)
Cougar - Now I am not religious but at least if you are going to refute a book, have some knowledge of it.
You're assuming I was refuting any specific book. I was talking about religion generally.
The "shepherds" were actually fishermen and they weren't considered to be simple "fisherfolk" but more likely, successful business men.
I'm pretty sure that Christianity, or indeed most religions, didn't restrict themselves to a single profession.
Why did he dress up smartly?
Sorry, that was an allegory.
Point I'm making is, in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king. From a point of ignorance, "hey, god did it" is as plausible as any other theory, more so if it's two thousand years ago, we're still frightened of falling off the edge of the world if we travel too far and the competing theory to 'god' is that we're a chunk of rock hurtling through space round a firey ball of plasma, and all the other dots in the sky are suns just like our own. Hell, in the fifth century I'd have stoned myself to death for that sort of wild and crazy notion.
As religions gained traction, and as people realised that actually this might be a great way of getting other people to do what they tell them, then competing theories become a problem and you risk losing control. How do you show that your god is more powerful, more 'real' than the others? Well, you build great monuments and ostentatious places of worship, dress your holy representatives in gold and finery, show your power. Money's easy enough to come by after all, just demonise being rich and wait for the coffers to fill.
Christianity's relatively fluffy these days, but I can't remember the last time I saw a shabby bishop.