Pantheism, Monotheism, Atheism, And Communication

Just had a random thunk I had while reading an article on peoples who have remained completely isolated from mainstream human culture.  What crossed my mind was that the more primitive a religion is, the easier it is to communicate aspects of your unobservable inner life to others using religious analogs.  So perhaps the more abstract a religion becomes, the more it’s adherents tend to introspection and analytical thinking.  Perhaps this is why monastaries and the like have always been associated with higher learning and academic pursuits, and why atheists generally wind up being more intelligent than the religious – they don’t have nearly the number of token analogs the religious have to communicate their inner states! Continue reading