amazed&confused wrote:I was wondering if someone could give a scenario of how they think the concept of God began.
I won't get into the details of my reasoning here, but I suspect that the notion of an impersonal animating Spirit (animism) came before the more specific and personalized concept of humanlike gods, which preceded the more recent idea of a single universal Creator/Ruler : The God. The primitive spirits were immanent impersonal energies or forces in a cyclical Nature without beginning or end. Then ancient humanoid gods emerged in myths, who were not creators, but merely hierarchical administrators of a mysteriously-created, never-ending natural world.
Eventually, the concept of a universal eternal supernatural deity cleared-up the longstanding mystery of temporal existence, and unified origins theories with the ongoing management of Natural processes. Now Deism may be the core concept in humanity's latest emergent religious cosmology : a holistic deity incorporating and unifying the best features of all of the above, but in accordance with our current understanding of how Nature really works below the superficial apparencies.
According to my Enformationism
thesis, what used to be called Spirit, Soul, or Ghost, can now be described as various views of Generic Information organized into human forms. Those metaphysical conceptions may also be described in non-religious terms as Life, Self, and Personal Pattern*. By using the non-traditional terms, I hope to avoid most of the irrelevant belief baggage connected to specific historical religious and philosophical systems. That should allow us to develop a fresh new belief system appropriate for the 21st century. And it reunites our human "spirits" with the "Great Spirit", as various manifestations of a single spiritual "substance" : Information (Mind stuff).
* I'm loosely applying the old idea of a ghost to the more modern Pattern Theory concept that everything we know can be defined as a mathematical pattern. You might say that your "Ghost" is a primitive of your "Self". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pattern_theory