Re: virus: Why people cling to faith

Tim Rhodes (
Wed, 27 Jan 1999 04:22:21 -0800

Bill wrote:

>Im sure that
>if i start going through them all I will see that nearly all religions
believe a human
>or a god have saved them at some point.

Actually the personification of the entire godhead in a singular human is an innovation that occurs for the first time around 2000-3000 years ago. (Buddha served as the same narrative device in the Hindu pantheon.) Interestingly, in both Eastern and Western cultures the development happens at a point in time just after their astronomers discover that not only are the planets moving about on their own courses, but that the entire heavens are slowly moving, in unison, over the centuries, as if under the control of a single hand.

-Prof. Tim