Homo floresiensis and the end of religion?

Desmond Morris muses on Homo floresiensis, the recently discovered species of human, and the challenges thrown up for religions.

Personally, I long to be told that he can talk.

It will make him a much more effective bridge between us and the apes, forcing religions to re-examine many of their basic beliefs.

Flores can expect to host teams of scientists eager to learn more
In theory, the existence of Mini-Man should destroy religion, but I can already hear the fanatics claiming that he has been put on earth by the Devil simply to test our faith.

Which brings up an even more intriguing question: does Mini-Man perform special burial rituals and does he therefore believe in an afterlife?

Posted by Paul in Philosophy Entertainment at November 2, 2004 03:45 AM | 14 Comments