"As a back-of-the-envelope calculation within an order-of-magnitude accuracy, we can safely say that over the past ten thousand years of history humans have created about ten thousand different religions and about one thousand gods."
This quote is from a new book about belief, reviewed in Reason.
Such information suggests a not unreasonable dialogue:
“Do you know why humans were put on this earth?” asks one man.
“No, why?” replies his friend.
“To create gods.”
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.