Discussion by: capetownian
I am sure that most, if not all the members of this site have experienced how it is virtually impossible to argue with friends and family when ot comes to "belief" and "faith" in the religion vs atheism debate. I have listened to so many prominent advocates of rationallity and reason locked in debate with the proponents of the various monotheistic religions – and find the frustration of hearing the same repetitive arguments used to support their particular prophet's pronounciations on "God" and the afterlife such, that I must ask the question: "when and why did humanity become so obsessed with the possibility of life after death?"
Is it that at some stage in the gradual transistion from ape to homo erectus, we must have become aware of our mortality – and was it perhaps during this period that the explanation for so many extreme and violent natural events had to do with supernatural creatures who controlled our destiny? Was this the the beginning of "good" and "evil" and and of the idea that we could achieve immortality thru following the path elucidated by the first "priests" who claimed special dispensation to teach this process? The fear of impending death has always been a powerful motivator in the promotion of religion….
I would really like to hear from other members for further comment…..