Being religious as that term is used and believing in a Creator are two different things.
It’s too bad that’s not understood.
Let’s understand the limits of the parameters of Man’s capabilities: He cannot see the air unless it’s dangerously polluted. He cannot see the salt in salt water but if he drinks it bad things happen.
We do not know beyond discovered fossil fact but we assume that pre Adam and homo sapiens and how far back Adam goes is also an unknown.
Not the timeline of the Bible – but some time.
And we don’t know the capabilities of pre homo sapiens cognitive hominoids.
We do know that earliest Man was thinking of the greater than himself, and thus we have various versions of idolatry either things man made or aspects of nature rising to the level of Sun God and American Indian concept of “Spirit” which comes mighty close to the monotheistic vision that Abraham came upon by whatever means — All the Bible says opening Lech Lecha, the 3rd Parshah is that God said to Abram to leave the land he was living in. After a famine in that land and the events of the Parshah following Hagar bearing Ishmael and by the way the way the Bible is written it reads as though God spoke to Abram as we speak to each other not by vision as with the prophets but Moses later and when it was time for Isaac Abram became Abraham and Sarai became Sarah — and at their age long past menopause what else to say but Miracle.
So much has been argued but it boils down to the Greek philosophers did not rise up to singular “Great-Spirit” but had a panoply of gods representing different human aspects being in charge thereof and of a Supreme Master god, and then came the monotheist Hebrews and Christianity and Islam that followed.
So since there had to be creation and first cause.
As the fictional Mr. Spock might say, “Atheism is illogical and we will never know how God’s communication with the people in the Bible really was. We don’t have to know but just accept it’s a union of transcendent spiritual over the material. Immanence God being above creation but part of it – That was expressed in Christianity with Jesus becoming the bridge between transcendence and immanence.”
HOWEVER THAT MAY BE THE HEBREW BASIC PHILOSOPHY IS THAT OF THE COMING OF MESSIAH SO THE JEW IS STILL WAITING AND THE CHRISTIAN SAYS IT’S CHRIST, AND ISLAM IS WAITING FOR THE 12TH I THINK OR 13TH IMAM TO COME.
So maybe we’ll find out eventually but not in our lifetimes and that of our little ones I presume, but we’ll see.
For the “End Times” do appear to be getting closer.
However, that’s also been said the end of every Millennium.
The Bunny Rabbit