The Strange, Questionable Question
When considering the origin of the question of gods, one has to wonder who may have been the first to ask; then one has to imagine the staggering ignorance this person would have been born into, and the kinds of everyday occurrences this person would have thought miraculous. It would have been a perception with no framework for understanding cause and effect. The weather, child-birth, the sun, the stars, comets, earthquakes, disease, death, would all be strange, inexplicable and unpredictable. Who would blame such a person for, out of desperation, fashioning some specious means of appeal to make the bad things stop, and the good things continue, when he or she has no means of interpreting what is happening on any but the most immediate level?
What was inevitable bad reasoning for primitive mankind, when all the world was a mystery, we've preserved by pushing this broken concept of causality along whatever borders happen to surround our knowledge. Before Darwin observed the artificial selection of pigeons, and it occurred to him that the features of life as we know it could have developed slowly, through natural selection, there was no explanation for the variety of species on the planet; and there were the religions, with their 'answers' to fill the gap. It's only in hindsight that we can look at Creationism and see its vacuity; or in the light of so many natural questions having been answered that we can cast a skeptical eye on explanations that seem irreconcilable with what we do know (a luxury primitive man lacked).
Every time a natural explanation has been discovered, another hiding place for the gods has been razed. We have scorched the earth on topics like the solar system, so that it seems incomprehensible to return to an Aristotelean model of it. Why then, I wonder, do we force ourselves to hold in such esteem these unsubstantiated notions, that over the years have done nothing but retreat from evidence, when the questions themselves were probably inspired by things answered naturally centuries ago?