I recently received an email from a Christian who is experiencing doubts about his Christian worldview. He asked me to respond to a number of his questions. I will respond to each question in a separate post here on the blog. His identity will remain anonymous unless he chooses to identify himself.
Question: Why does it seem mankind has a desire to be spiritual? It would seem there is something inside of us that seeks to “explore” outside naturalism. How do you understand/account for that?
Gary: I’m not sure that mankind necessarily has a desire to be spiritual. Rather, it seems to me that man has a curiosity to understand his environment. The belief in gods was an attempt to make sense of random, unexplained events in a very dangerous, scary world (lightening, floods, droughts, disease, death, etc.). Now that we have science to explain how our environment operates, the need for imaginary gods is no longer necessary.