How about those Agnostic Cavemen?!

Do apes worship and practice religion? No. If prehistoric men had existed in a more primitive nature, they would have had invented religion, because only humans believe and practice religion. According to evolution, religion would not have been practical for the survival of the fittest. Who would have thrived: the mystical cavemen who offered their animals to imagined spirits or the cavemen who did not waste their time offering their hunted game and gathered crops unto a deity? Under this framework, the cavemen, who were more intelligent and did not waste their resources, should have progressed, thrived, outlived, and overpopulated the wasteful religious cave-dwellers. The agnostic cavemen would not have wasted their time observing religious worship on any specific day. They would have been more productive, wealthier, and reproductive unto breeding out the religious cave people. The religious cavemen would have ceased to exist, and then ancient and modern man would not be religious. Yet, this is not what we find. Apparently, modern man did not evolve from cavemen thriving in the survival of the fittest.

Observably, ancient peoples worshiped “gods”. Was there an ancient atheist civilization that thrived more than the others? Was there ever an ancient atheist civilization? From supposed “prehistoric cavemen” to actual ancient civilizations, people apparently have a natural disposition to worship and to be religious. Why? As we know throughout time, the number of “gods” increased among the ancient peoples, and thus we work back through history by reason to find that the number of “gods” and “spirits” must decrease. Unto the most ancient times, there would have been fewer gods and spirits to worship, and that is when the ancient belief in one God and Spirit would have started. That historical belief in one God must have been the most ancient and thus the beginning of all religious beliefs. We already know that the most primitive man could never have been an atheist under the framework of Darwinian evolution. Therefore, mankind’s most natural inclination, belief, and practice is to worship one God, because He was created by God. With such a natural disposition to worship one God, mankind did not randomly evolve, but rather people were created and designed by one God to worship the one true God, who is the epitome of virtue.

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]
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6 Responses to How about those Agnostic Cavemen?!

  1. Mike says:

    Religion is a evolutionarily neutral side effect of useful traits. This is the most ludicrous case of strawmanning I have seen in a while. “According to Darwinian evolution, religion would not have been practical for the survival of the fittest.” Citation needed. You don’t get to lie about science and then say “See! Science is wrong!”. Are you capable of honest commentary?


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