I’m new to the forum, so please excuse me if this is a repeat post at all. I’m looking for help and/or advice. I’m reading a book (“The Source” by James Michener) in which the author posits in the form of a fictional story, that religion is “developed” in a similar way to the way in which humanity developed agriculture, or housing, or culture itself over the course of millennia. The author’s depiction here seems to line up with what anthropologists/sociologists/historians and archaeologists say (more or less). For some reason, though I knew this, it has hit me as particularly significant at this moment.
I always pictured some kind of “relational thread” connecting the one true God whom I and other Christ followers believe in, with the God who related to “Adam and Eve”—whether they were literal, representative or metaphorical. But, if religion “developed” among humans in the same way that agriculture did, then what are the implications for our faith? How can I reconcile a developing language of faith, religion and the supernatural with a God who I have always believe revealed Godself to humanity from the very beginning?
If God did not reveal Godself until God’s relationship with Abraham, then what are we to believe about the biblical accounts of God’s relationships with Adam, Eve, Cain & Abel,…Noah…???
I’m finding myself in a bit of a “mini-crisis” here on this, so any help would be greatly appreciated. How do you reconcile the idea of “developing religion” with the Biblical message? Or do you? Do you dismiss those social scientists who hold this view? If so, how do you look at the historical evidence on this topic?
Do you have links to articles and/or books that may be helpful on this topic? I have always had a high view of the authority of scripture, though I also firmly believe that “all truth is God’s truth.” I have always believed that if there is an apparent problem between science and the scriptures, then the problem must actually be with me and/or my interpretation…so please help me out.
Thanks so much in advance