#6 May not our seemingly intuitive sense of the existence of God be the result of education and of acquired ideas ?
“If such were the case, how should this intuitive sense be possessed by your savages?”
We should precise again that this book has been written in France in the 19th Century, so when the Spirits talk about our “savages”, we should indeed understand tribes of the 4 corners of the World. But we should not get upset of such vocabulary, the Spirits are respectful and they just adapt their vocabulary to the mindset of that context: about 1850, colonies, White European people discovering people with very different cultures etc…
The behavior that had these people at that time has no place for a debate here.
But now we have explained this, you have surely understood the answer since we talked about it yesterday in the question number #5.
To support our comment from yesterday, here is the comment of the author on this question #6.
Comment from the book, by the author:
“If the intuition of the existence of a Supreme Being were only the result of education. It would not be universal, and would only exist, like all other acquired knowledge, in the minds of those who had received the special education to which it would be due .”
This concludes the intuition-of-God question well.