Didn't Carl Jung have a bit to say about religion? Or is that getting a bit ahead of ourselves too?
He did- feel free to bring things up- I'm not sure if I'd get around to Jung on my own or not, since he's a bit outside how most anthropologists study religion.
Teilhard de Chardin, that's it. Thank goodness for Google. Of course, he was peripherally implicated with the Peking man fraud too. OK, found it:
People naturally want to believe that evolution is goal-directed. Generally, people are uncomfy with the idea that they're the product of randomness. I don't really think of evolution as goal-directed, but I don't think of it as a random process, either. If God is in the process (rather than directing it or standing outside it), then it doesn't necessarily follow that God had a goal. Maybe God just likes diversity and creating stuff- the art and beauty of form. I think there are other possibilities between randomness and meaninglessness and goal-directedness.