UFO Conjectures

Monday, June 19, 2017

How and when did ETs replace the gods?

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In the July/August 2017 Biblical Archaeology Review noted here (below) is an article about the treasures found in ancient Canaan city of Sidon [Page 20 ff.] by Claude Doumet-Serhal.

I included a representational image of a Sidonese deity in my previous post:
On page 29 was this:

[In a temple found on site was] “an altar of unhewn stones. This pile of crude stones evokes Exodus 20:25: ‘But if you make for me an altar of stone, do not build it of hewn stones; for if you use a chisel upon it, you profane it.’”

Now most of you know that AA theorists insist that extraterrestrials (Ancient Aliens or Astronauts) helped humankind to build many of the structures we find to be stupendous or beyond primitive human ability: the Egyptian pyramids, the temples of early Middle American cultures (Mayan, Incan, Olmec, et cetera), Puma Punku in Bolivia, and others.

And since most of the structures are touted as AA conceived or created structures, they can’t have come from God or the gods; they are hewn, a key point of the idea that ancient extraterrestrial beings offered advanced “technology” to help humans construct such refined edifices.
The mention of the dictum from God in Exodus (above) conflicts with the AA theory of ancient alien intervention, and made me wonder when or why primitive humans came to believe in and revere God or gods, and when did ETs take the place of God or the gods in human thinking or religion.

I grabbed a few books from my personal library to refresh my thinking about when God or the gods appeared, not in mythology but in history:

Primitive Religion by Paul Radin [Dover Publications, NY, 1937/1957], Man and His Gods by Homer W. Smith (foreward by Albert Einstein) [Grosett’s Universal Library, Grosset & Dunlap, NW, 1952], God: A Brief History: The Human Search for Eternal Truth by John Bowker [DK Publishing, London, 2002], A History of Religious Ideas (Volume 1) by Mircea Eliade [University of Chicago Press, 1978], and Our Oriental Heritage from The Story of Civilization by Will Duranr [Simon and Schuster, NY, 1954]

Radin  provides this from Rudolf Otto in Das Heilige [Gotha, 1926]:

“From Fear, according to Otto, came awe, the terrible, the feeling of being overpowered and overwhelmed, crystallizing into what he calls the tremendum and the majestas; out of a sense of helplessness and powerlessness, of insignificance, came that creature-feeling so well described in the Old Testament, and out of the compensation fantasies arose, finally, the concept of that completely other …” [Page 9]
Smith offers views of the early Greeks [circa 640-500 B.C.]:

“With Thales there began a school of thinkers who were known as the physiologoi … Thales young companion, Anaximander (611-547 B.C.), also an astronomer and geometrician, conceived the One, the universal substance, to be an endless and unlimited mass subject neither to old age nor decay …” [Page 143]

Bowker writes that [it is] “impossible to know what the earliest beliefs about God and Goddess were.” [Page 30] but then provides an encyclopedic survey of God beliefs writing that “The story of God begins with the story of Goddess…” accenting the Goddess of Willendorf, a small figure of which was found in Austria and thought to derive from about 19,000 B.C. [Page 32]
Mircea Eliade, the most comprehensive of thinkers on early man, allows that “Paleanthropians” [Paleolithic mankind], by “their works … demonstrate the activity of an intelligence that cannot be defined otherwise than as ‘human’” [page 5] and shamanisn influenced Paleolithic culture and society, driving from waking dreams, oneiric states. Phantasms and other aspects of the {Freudian] unconscious, much of that induced by hallucinogenic ingestion.
Will Durant shows that many early peoples had “no religion at all.” [Page 56] And “Fear, as Lucretius said, was the first mother of the gods.” [Page 57]

Some of you have Frazer’s Golden Bough and other books dealing with the onset of god belief or religion and mythology.

But none tells us, or can, where or when the idea of a supernatural entity (God) or entities (gods) began.

And now many of us believe that God has “died” or hidden his Face as I’ve outlined many times using the thought(s) of Richard Elliott Friedman or Gerald L. Schroeder here.

And this “absence” of God created a lacuna for those who want or need something beyond them. This is the “metaphysical” essence of the Alien Astronaut (Ancient Alien) crowd.

Without a God, rather than become atheistic, this group of fringe UFO addicts, like primitive mankind, created new gods: extraterrestrials.

So, we can conclude that the AA thrust is as primitive and irresolute as that of early man’s concepts of God and not to be proclaimed as verifiable or true, just as the belief in God or gods is tentative for thoughtful people.

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RR

6 Comments:

  • Interesting post.
    Although time is slowly telling of the techniques that were available to earlier humans, many things still are not fully explained and attributed to aliens/gods.
    I've found in conversations with people that the discoveries made which allow the reality of magnificent, ancient mega-structures to be explained in purely natural, human terms, are commonly unknown or quickly dismissed in favour of the more interesting, magical claims.
    If my modest research on this subject has taught me anything, it is that we must never underestimated the energy, ingenuity and fervour of ancient peoples.

    By Blogger Woody, at Monday, June 19, 2017  

  • Re-reading Beauregard/O'Leary's "The Spiritual Brain" archeologist discovered that Neanderthal's buried their dead with personal possessions, tools and weapons. This would lead one to suspect that Neanderthals expected, or thought of the possibility, of an after life existence.

    Beauregard and O'Leary did not directly mention the existence of God or another deity, but it seems to be logical that if Neanderthals thought of an after-life, then by extension, they would have had a belief in deity.

    With the above said, what is the segment of population that supports the AA premise? It would be miniscule. No more than a cult following at best.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, June 19, 2017  

  • Yes, Tim...

    The AA followers are societal fringers, surely, but that they have some visibility, as much as atheists I think, their belief system (their "religion") should be addressed for what it is.

    In the books cited, especially Eliade's, the Neanderthal burial ceremonies are tied to how these astute primitive peoples felt about life, not afterlife.

    That is, they saw animals as important (sacred?), their primary subsistence source -- they were not agriculturists, which was yet to arrive as an activity in the time period -- and treated them with reverence as they ate them and used their hides/furs for clothing.

    Burial wasn't a forethought about an afterlife but a process -- a thinking process -- that death was to be treated just as well as life.

    The issue is complicated, obviously, but we can't assume that placing flowers and ceremonial artifacts alongside dead humans indicates a reasoned conclusion that there was a life after this one. It was ceremonial, not metaphysical.

    And your point that an idea of a God or gods isn't seen in or can be known from the left-overs of Paleolithic man is well-taken.

    But I like to think that God or gods appeared to early man, and met with mankind, face-to-face as The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) has it.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 19, 2017  

  • Never because ETs can die (Roswell Incident, Aurora Crash) and there are not
    almighty except John Keel...he believe that ETs are some kind of Gods or so.

    By Blogger Michael Loengard, at Monday, June 19, 2017  

  • But Michael, you know that God has died, Jesus too, and all the gods of old are dead, yes?

    ETs (able to die or not) have come to be the dead gods replacement, for many.....that's my point.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 19, 2017  

  • I think that I may have not been clear in my last comment as its first point was to address when God (or a deity) came into being in some form of spiritual practice and/or lexicon.

    I merely mentioned Neanderthal man's practice (as it appears to archeologist) of burying personal "possessions" which would allude to a belief system.

    We do not know what Paleo-man thought, his introspections of sorts, as he wrote nothing down other than cave paintings which he seemed to document, in his own way, the world about him. Like any art, this is open to interpretation. Why plaster cave walls with hand prints?

    Early proponents of Darwin's evolution theory, speculated that the belief in a deity evolved from a self-survival mentality, but even that is fraught with problems.

    How AA proponents could draw wide conclusions of early ET visits is so broad-based in speculation.

    Enough said from me...the real world beckons.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, June 19, 2017  

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