TGBaker posted the following on the Debunking Christianity blog. I've put my comments in red.
Long ago in a cave a caveman looked at his friend who then died. He was upset. His friend would not move. He noticed that air no longer came out of his friends mouth. He knew the air had left him.
I wonder how long ago would something like this have taken place? Were these homo sapiens or one of the hominids who some people think we evolved from? Also weren't we descended from African hominids who lived on the African savanna and not cave-dwelling Europeans who came later if you believe evolutionists? Wouldn't our ancestor's been asking about this stuff well before they began living in caves? What's the chronology?
So he gathered up his friend and some food and a few of his friend’s possessions and buried them all. Perhaps it would all go where ever his air went.
Not all human cultures bury their loved ones with their possessions. Where would this have come from?
Sounds silly doesn't it. But when we look at the words for spirit we are confronted with things like "ruach" the Hebrew word that means "spirit," "wind," "air" and "breath." So in the Old Testament God "breaths" into man his "breath" and man becomes a living "soul."
Yes, the scenario is indeed silly and can't be substantiated. What if they those who lived before us actually understood more about reality than we do today? Why assume that we are so much better? Remember a lot of information has been lost and needs to be rediscovered.
From the Greeks we get what still functions as our philosophy. But we find the word "pneuma" in Greek which means guess what, "spirit", 'wind," "air" and "breath." The Greeks thought that there were four elements: "air," "earth," "fire" and "water."
And how does that men that there is no such thing as a human spirit? Here's a hint: It doesn't.
Air was often seen as supreme and the ultimate nature which was like god. It was invisible but could move things and be felt. It went in and out of man. When it left you were dead!
Given that we are all more that material, they were smart enough to understand that while many people today try to run from that. We should know that we are more than material because there is more than just brain, body, and DNA that makes you who and what you are.
"Spirit" comes from the Latin "spiritus" "to breath." Are you starting to see a pattern? It is interesting that we still have millions of primitives all around us that believe in such things as spirits but have no idea where their beliefs really originate
Here is the truly facepalm worthy comment. Just because the word "spirit" has roots in Latin and Greek and Hebrew regarding air, breath, and wind does not mean that this is where the concept of "Spirit" came from. Just because they decided to use the imagery does not mean that there is no "Spirit"..
Debunking Christianity: Why the Idea of a Spirit is Full of Hot Air