The Evolution of the Idea of God: An Inquiry Into the Origin of Religions
Grant Allen (1848-1899)
Originally published in 1897, The Evolution of the Idea of God is a study of humans' belief in God from primitive tribal religions to what Allen considered the more advanced Christian view.
The main question explored here is
"How did we arrive at our knowledge of God?"
Rather than trying to prove or disprove any claims about the divine, Allen's method simply traces the psychological processes that led humans to religious belief, and further, from a belief in polytheism to monotheism.
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I. Christianity as a Religious Standard i
II. Religion AND Mythology 20
III. The Life of the Dead 43
IV. The Origin OF Gods 68
V. Sacred Stones 93
VI. Sacred Stake 137
VII. Sacred Trees 138
VIII. The Gods of Egypt 154
IX. The Gods of Israel 180
X. The Rise of Monotheism 304
XI. Human Gods 235
XII. The Manufacture of Gods 347
XIII. Gods of Cultivation 273
XIV. Corn- AND Wine-Gods 301
XV. Sacrifice and Sacrament 318
XVI. The Doctrine of the Atonement 347
XVII. The World before Christ 362
XVIII. The Growth of Christianity 378
XIX, Survivals in Christendom 409
XX. Conclusion 434
Allan did a study of religions from the primitive to monotheism of the Abrahamic religion.
He postulated the origin of religion started from the worship of the dead, corpse, etc.
I don't agree with that origin.
I believe the origin of the idea of God started from the experiences and evidence of natural powerful forces of nature amidst the impulses of the existential crisis driven by the zombie parasites.