I wrote this as a comment in response to someone a few days ago and thought this bit of my remarks was good enough to be a micro-blog. I removed the first paragraph so it seems abrupt at the beginning. Sorry:
If I lived 2,000 years ago when people believed in zeus and thor, I hope I would be intelligent enough to reject zeus as a bad “explanation” for lightning, even though I would not have a good alternative.
So far as accepting supernatural explanations, no supernatural explanation actually explains something. In order to explain something you have to account for the exact mechanism by which it occurs or occurred. Anyone can just invoke gods or demons or a magic wand or a genie or witchcraft or a thousand other “supernatural” things to “explain” something they don’t understand. The reason most people don’t is because it doesn’t explain anything, it just attributes it to something which defies explanation.
Imagine a world where every police investigation was “solved” by attributing a crime to supernatural agency and every scientific question was “solved” by attributing things to gods or demons or spirits.
Would there be a lot of justice or scientific advancement in that world?
Would there even be science or legal justice in that world?