Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a hand fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe. At the risk of offending someone, I suggest That Moses, Jesus, and other iconic giants describe a part of the elephant. What did the Atheist say after his examination? “There is no elephant”?
I wrote, “The Individual, the Family, the Tribe.”(2)
My friend and sparring partner, bbnewsab, said that my assessment was incomplete, writing:
“Unfortunately I miss at least ONE important aspect of the human evolutionary history in this blog post. I want more facts and opinions of the evolution of religion, man’s perpetual companion.
But maybe Mr. Rogers will discuss that matter in another blog post later on? Let’s hope that will be the case.”
This post is an attempt to complete my assignment. I want to emphasize that bbnewsab has reviewed and written extensively on this subject. I don’t believe I can add to his fund of knowledge. 
I am just going to try to describe “the elephant” as this one observer has witnessed it. I would also, as a scientist, acknowledge the subjective nature of my observations but remind you: “Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted.” 
In my view, the subject of religion must, immediately, be divided into at least two parts; and further into sub-parts.
(1) The individual human’s search for meaning and fear
(1a) The individual- objective ; chemistry, physics, biology
(1b) The individual – subjective:
(1b1) Subjective: reward of service and giving
(1b2) Subjective: art, music, literature
(2) The Clergy/ ChurchI think that history shows that often, that the individual and the clergy do not share a common purpose. Often the spiritual yearnings of the individual are exploited by the church. I will confine my discussion to subjective evidence to (1) subjective of the individual.
It is my firm conviction in “the Priesthood of the believer” and that there should be nothing between the seeker and any HCA (Hidden Causal Agent).
Subjective examination of the individual’s search for a supra-human power:: Earlier, I wrote: ” You can only see the human mind and The Meaning of Life in its shadow. The metaphor of seeing the “HCA” Omnipotence, only by looking at its shadow is essential to understand this essay.
The only “evidence” I offer in this essay is the subjective shadow of an HCA. It is Einstein’s “the things that count [and] can’t be counted”! If you are expecting to find something you can take to the bank or court, put your iPhone away and sit back; this is subtle, mind ‘s eye territory.
You will say that what I’m serving up is just humans operating at the high-end of skills honed by million of years of evolution. I say that the performance of humans at their high-end is the shadow of my HCA (Omnipotence). I believe that this shadow was recognized by the Spiritual Giants: Moses, Jesus, Gautama Buddha, Confucius, Zoroaster, Krishna, and Mohammed. I doubt that any of these men intended to create a governance organization.
My evidence is numerous ,subjective pieces of evidence “It is impossible to understand, properly, an entity consisting of infinite properties without the method of modal description consisting of all viewpoints.”  My view points include rewards of service and giving, images of art, music, literature,
Rewards of service: “Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these…. ” Matthew 25 “It is more blessed to give than receive” Acts 20 Millions of secular workers will testify to the salubrious value of caring for others.
Art: I believe the following pieces of art are the shadow: Chartres Cathedral, France,Giotto, frescoes, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Maestà, Leonardo da Vinci, ‘Lady with an Ermine.’, Zen garden, Ryan-ji Temple, Michelangelo Buonarroti, ‘David.’, Vermeer, ‘View of Delft’ (1660-61), Rembrandt van Rijn, ‘The Jewish Bride: Isaac and Rebecca andHenri Matisse, ‘La Danse (II)’
Music: Handel’s Messiah, Bach toccata & Fugue, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Literature; Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Ceasar, Melville Moby Dick, Victor Hugo Les Miserables
Considering literature. Consider that fictional novels contain valid observation about man and his struggle with life. Is the bible true? yes in the same manner. A text doesn’t have to be “scientifically” factual to convey truth. Much pointless agony has resulted from trying to judge alllegory by present day critea for factual news. It wasn’t written as factual accounts but to convey the essence of a message.not unlike the wisdom of determined effort in Aesop’s Fable,”The Tortoise and the Hare,
“Every young soul hears this call by day and by night and shudders with excitement at the premonition of that degree of happiness which eternities have prepared for those who will give thought to their true liberation. There is no way to help any soul attain this happiness, however, so long as it remains shackled with the chains of opinion and fear. And how hopeless and meaningless life can become without such a liberation! There is no drearier, sorrier creature in nature than the man who has evaded his own genius and who squints now towards the right, now towards the left, now backwards, now in any direction whatever.” 
Echoing Picasso’s proclamation that “to know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing,” [and “The Priesthood of The Believer] Nietzsche considers the only true antidote to this existential dreariness: No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life, There may be countless trails and bridges and demigods who would gladly carry you across; but only at the price of pawning and forgoing yourself. There is one path in the world that none can walk but you. Where does it lead? Don’t ask, walk! 
I believe we, in our own way,we should examine the elephant unfettered by opinion and fear, and accept a description that fits with our experiences- Judaism, Christianity, etc., or perhaps, agnosticism or atheism. Any of these may represent the stage for your play: “Your Life’s Search for Meaning”. I propose that each of us examine the elephant and then march to the beat of Thoreau’s “Distant Drummer”
Scientist like Hoffman have invested enormous amounts of energy and time to prove there is no God – what force drives them? What is Pross’ irrepressible force that has demanded reproduction for 6 billion years in spite meteors, volcanoes, and earthquakes? Is this not the force which drives Dawkins to complete and take pride in his publications?
Charles Clanton Rogers, AB, MD, FACR, Emeritus Professor, GWU
 Two of the many references to this parable are found in Tattvarthaslokavatika of Vidyanandi (9th century) and Syādvādamanjariof Ācārya Mallisena (13th century). Mallisena uses the parable to argue that immature people deny various aspects of truth; deluded by the aspects they do understand, they deny the aspects they don’t understand. “Due to extreme delusion produced on account of a partial viewpoint, the immature deny one aspect and try to establish another. This is the maxim of the blind (men) and the elephant.” Mallisena also cites the parable when noting the importance of considering all viewpoints in obtaining a full picture of reality. “It is impossible to properly understand an entity consisting of infinite properties without the method of modal description consisting of all viewpoints, since it will otherwise lead to a situation of seizing mere sprouts
 bbnewsab: https://bbnewsblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/the-two-information-processing-systems-ipss-in-your-brain-one-is-woo-ish-the-other-is-rational/ .
 bbnewsab: Science Objective Evidence [“A short summary: IPS #1 is a “default” emotional, intuitive illogical and Just-believing-is-enough (or: Why-bother-about-knowing?) way of thinking.
Its goal is to quickly find patterns and then attribute them to Hidden Causal Agents (HCAs) like invisible predators, gods, ghosts, demons, guardian angels and so forth.
In short, that’s the way infants and children tend to think and reason.
Later on, when the children begin to master a language and start expressing themselves in words instead of emotions, most humans – but unfortunately and regrettably not woos! – add another IPS (= IPS #2) to process sensory information in order to find patterns and explanations. Their ability of understanding the meaning of words and language makes it possible for them to begin reasoning in a logical, analytical, rational, nonemotional way AND to understand what causality means.
In some adult people this process is disturbed. The “upgrading” or, maybe rather, amplification of the brain’s capacity to process incoming sensory information is more or less disabled, due to both genetic and environmental circumstances.
Cf. the strong correlation that has been found between woos and dyslexia (= a general term meaning a disorder or dysfunction that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, see letters and other symbols; all of this usually without general intelligence being conspicuously affected; but their capacity for acquiring knowledge and understand logical reasonings is usually impaired, a fact that increases their disposition towards associative and illogical magical & religious bullshit thinking).”]
 Most often attributed to Albert Einstein
 (priesthood of believers)Although many religions use priests, most Protestant faiths reject the idea of a priesthood as a group that is spiritually distinct from lay people. They typically employ professional clergy who perform many of the same functions as priests such as clarifying doctrine, administering communion, performing baptisms, marriages, etc. In many instances, Protestants see professional clergy as servants acting on behalf of the local believers. This is in contrast to the priest, whom some Protestants see as having a distinct authority and spiritual role different from that of ordinary believers.
 Frederick Nietzsche,
 Michael Shermer, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths
 Sam Harris: When reading Harris’ books, one finds that his eclectic web of interests become intertwined, if not tangled, and the lines that separate them become blurred. His last book, Waking Up, is on its face a book about spirituality, but it is also an argument about the role religion plays in hijacking the deepest human experiences in support of specific religions, which he views as a misunderstanding of what the experiences actually mean. It moves from this to what then seems like a self-help book, a guide to secular meditation and how it can be done without assuming anything supernatural. Then it moves, without missing a beat, to a neuroscientific explanation of this spiritual experience. From there, it dabbles in a bit of autobiography, and then seems to cycle through all of these again. Pity the librarian who is forced to categorize Harris’ work by genre – I myself would be at a loss. [*]Nick Simmons , Huffington Post 2015/10/06
 Henry David Thoreau If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
(10) Addy Pross. What is Life, How chemistry becomes biology.
Oxford University Press,(2012)
(11) Hoffmann, Peter M.. Life’s Ratchet: How Molecular Machines