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Thoughts on the Thoreau Quotation

by: Marie Dueck

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I was particularly struck by the poignant quote by Henry Thoreau - "What man believes, God believes".

I am reading Kenneth Miller's "Finding Darwin's God", and it appears to be a readjustment of what God is, considering all that has been discovered about life on our planet. This keeps happening - it feels like the slow erosion of a dearly held thought - just can't let it go. The concept of God/gods have continued to change over the history of sentient beings as we learn and discover more.

Humans believe in gods because they have minds that can imagine, and need answers to life's unanswerable questions. How long can intelligent beings keep revamping the story to make it fit? How long will it take for people to realize that there is meaning and purpose in life in the here and now, without the need for a supernatural controller who hands out big rewards or punishment at the end? And how long until we can celebrate the spirit of humanity without the trappings of religion?

And why oh why did it take so long for me to find all this out?!