I believe in one of his encyclicals Pope John Paul II drew attention to the evolutionary nature of belief, noting the emergence of the major religions at about the same time (each proclaiming their own versions of a similar insight?). I know that Joseph Campbell wrote of the co-evolution of human beings and human consciousness around the globe.
BTW, I think one very important thing faith has going for it is that it allows to see and know ourselves as we are: mortal creatures. We did not cause ourselves (or the world) to be. This is the truth of our existence. (Christianity of course includes sinful with mortal as an essential human truth.)
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