The little we know of early religion was not predicted by naturalist theses — and has not confirmed any of them.
Naturalism commands us to believe that mud somehow produced mind. Therefore, our ancestors are not gods or heroes but half human or less.
For all practical purposes, today’s humans are orphans, seeking our roots via scraps and artifacts, many of unknown authenticity or significance.
In order to discuss origins of life in a science-based way, we must begin by acknowledging that intelligence is an inextricable part of the account.
It is depressing indeed if a major concern is, “What will the creationists say?”