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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2418755 - 03/11/04 12:08 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

That's a well put analysis on religion bf6. Good references, excellent post  :thumbup:

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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2418757 - 03/11/04 12:09 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

:shocked:    dooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood    :spliff:

I'm gonna have to make a sandwhich before reading all of that!!!  :rocket:


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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2418776 - 03/11/04 12:19 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I believe the primary ROOT which Man's tendency towards Religious beliefs stems from, is the fact that Man's inquisitive nature is what seperates us from the animals. And by inquisitive nature, I mean the ability to question our own existence, to actually ponder the meaning of life and the Universe, and become cognizant of our own mortality, conduct scientific experiments and so on. Generally, a certain level of 'Consciousness', that through evolutionary process or otherwise, Homo Sapiens have gained.

Broadly speaking, from there on, I believe it all comes down to the general psyche of the general populace in the area, the collective consciousness in a certain part of the world, the environmental factors at any given place, etc; that determines how the folks of that particular region will form beliefs and speculations and religion, and so on.

Another point of view, is that perhaps gaining that 'certain level of consciousness', comes with an intrinsic nature of being 'spiritual'. In other words, existing as an inherently spiritual beings on Earth, Man feels inclined to form religion--to practice the spirituality that Man has been 'blessed' with, so to speak.



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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2418820 - 03/11/04 12:40 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Gret post BF6. I'd give you 5 shrooms but I think I already have. Please post more of your thoughts sometime they are quite the fullfilling read.  :smile:


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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2418869 - 03/11/04 01:03 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Maybe men keep slaves because they were slaves to another race once.................... Does a dog that gets fed good and tought tricks worships his master?...................Hmmm.... It almost seems like man just won't let Eden go.... :nonono:


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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2418873 - 03/11/04 01:06 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

www.csp.org
& huston smith's little classic _forgotten truth_ is well worth checkin' out... (the '77 version sez: the primordial tradition; the '93 edition sez: the common vision... go figure...)


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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2419229 - 03/11/04 03:15 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Nice post bf6er, I actually read it all, and it held my interest. I like the way you compare and contrast many of the worlds religions. Im surprised you took the time to type all that out, but good job, very informative :wink:.


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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2419271 - 03/11/04 03:24 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I'd never heard that theory of freud's...kinda puts an interesting perspective on a messiah we killed/died for our sins.

I like the comparison between Catholocism and Buddhism

as for a starting place where everything was good? nostalgia. nostalgia and exaggeration in retelling.


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Re: How did Religion Originate? [Re: ]
    #2419467 - 03/11/04 04:00 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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I hope that post follows the rules that you guys said I had to follow in order to post in S&P by the way.

I didn't use the smileys more than once per smiley and I didn't double space.  :wink:

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Well, you don't have to follow the rules any longer.  It's really just a test for new people to see if they are good at following directions, or to see if they are rebels at heart.  Since you didn't double-space, it appears you are quite welcome here.  :wink:

Very excellent read.  I'm impressed.  As I read it, I was caused to think again, as I have many times since I joined this forum, how fortunate I am that I was referred to this forum.  There are really smart people here, and each person seems to have his/her own specialty on which he/she has become knowledgeable. 

bf6, after reading that post, I am extra glad you are here to help set discussions straight in the context of your post.  Thank you for sharing it with us and I'm looking forward to reading more of the same. 

I have to read it again.  I think you deserve an A.  Who gives grades out around here?  :grin:


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Re: WHERE DID IT COME FROM? [Re: ]
    #2419830 - 03/11/04 05:40 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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If that is true of something as personal and as uniquely human as language, then would it not be reasonable to think that man's ideas about God and religion should also have started from one common source? After all, religion is related to thinking, and thinking is related to man's ability to use language. It is not that all religions actually grew out of one religion, but the ideas and concepts should be traceable to some common origin or pool of religious ideas. Is there evidence to support this? And if, indeed, man's religions did originate in one single source, what might it be? How can we find out?





I agree that the similarities between both religion and language point to a common original source. But I feel it is a fallacy to jump to the conclusion that this common source must have been one specific geographic location. Is it not just as logical to assume that the common binding source for both is the human mind, which is well known to generally follow the same thought patterns despite race, culture, ect. I mean people react differently to external stimulus based on experience, but logic and its principles, such as cause and effect, are common to every mind. If they were not, science would not hold and we would be unable to relate to one another at all.

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What can we conclude from all of this? We note that those who believed in these myths and legends lived far from one another geographically. Their culture and traditions were different and distinct. Their social customs bore no relationship to one another. And yet, when it comes to their religions, they believed in such similar ideas. Although not every one of these peoples believed in all the things mentioned, all of them believed in some of them. The obvious question is, Why? It was as if there was a common pool from which each religion drew its basic beliefs, some more, some less. With the passage of time, these basic ideas were embellished and modified, and other teachings developed from them. But the basic outline is unmistakable.





Again, could not this common pool be the human mind. Cultures (including their religions and languages) could have evolved geographically seperate from one another, but have come from the same common source (the human mind). Similarities can be seen when the different cultural aspects are compared because they all emerged from human minds which follow the same logic and thought patterns. Therefore there are unmistakable similiarities in the conclusions that were reached based on the same external stimulation (the world around us). Why do the similarities necessarily point to a common geographic origin for religion and language?


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Re: WHERE DID IT COME FROM? [Re: kushlover]
    #2422708 - 03/12/04 07:08 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I think that it is an important thing to keep in mind that all the continents used to be connected. One big mass of land. I haven't studied this but it is my understanding that they broke up and drifted apart after the dawn of man.....

It is a possibillity that the similarities arose from the fact that all of our minds are on common ground and that we all have the same thought patterns. But why is this true? How likely is it that humans developed independant of each other in different areas of the world and are basically the same?

I think that even if we had evolved to the same basic human in all different parts of the world, independant of each other, there would still be some common source shared by all. Even if it was some sort of monkey that was the same and populated all the areas (keep in mind that once a species is seperated geographically, they start to evolve on their own as the conditions are different), that at one point and time that monkey would have had to have been from one location before it went off to the different corners of the world and evolved.


Since we as humans have only minor differences that really don't make us categorically "different", even though our civilizations have developed from basically all over the world, I think it is definitely plausible to come to the conclusion that at one point and time we developed in one location.

Even if religion didn't necessarily develop when we were in that location, since we are of the same we will tend to think the same things and come to the same conclusions, especially since back then we weren't aware of much and weren't exactly knowleged and full of understanding. :grin:

Us originating from the same source is definitely supported if there used to be one super-continent. I don't know the numbers... when do the scientists speculate we sprouted on this planet? I think I remember that they keep finding older and older fossils.... two million years, even?

I just did a search quick and our most ancient, known, up-right walking ancestors were around over 4 million years  ago ..

Well damn, Pangea started breaking up 180 million years ago.  :shocked:

Anyways, that still doesn't put out the good possibillity that we were from the same source. :grin: Apparently we just had to do some traveling to get around.  :lol:
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Re: WHERE DID IT COME FROM? [Re: ]
    #2423047 - 03/12/04 10:49 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

that was one of THE most thought provoking posts I've seen since the existence one.

what I want to know is about cavemen. what would an anthropologist say about that? Are we going to operate under the assumption that man has had this mode of thought since we started existing? did man "become" aware, or was he always aware? when did man start having abstract thoughts? that is thoughts and ideas that doesn't directly relate to the physical world of experience. like a unicorn...we have never seen "proof" of one existing, but it still exists in our minds.

Skorpivo mentioned something about mans iquisitive nature. could it be that it is because man wants to explain things for "peace of mind" and thus makes it up? we ahve many fiction books that have many detailed religions in them, all made up, and each carrying a good amount of weight with them.

the imagination is vast, and embellishment is easy.

what you bring up though about the similarities between religious stories regarding creation has definately made me think hard about this. this is a very important question that you brought up. it's just like there were pyramids in egypt, as there were in central america. why a 3d triangle shape?


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    #2423876 - 03/12/04 02:21 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

bf6: I didn't have time to read your entire post as I have to go to class soon (nor did I have time to peruse the entire thread) but here are my thoughts about the origin of religion:

Religion is, in essence, a method of controlling the masses. Just as the state (government) was created to reward and punish concrete activities (i.e. you kill someone, you face a concrete punishment, maybe going to jail), religion was similarily created to reward and punish the peoples' abstract activites (i.e. if you don't believe in God, you will burn in hell for all eternity, whereas if you do, you will be rewarded in Heaven). Religion bears a certain duality; not only does religion thrust upon society an ultimatum to be good or burn in hell, but also bewilders the people with the mystery of the unknown, namely the "afterlife."

Nonetheless, religion also serves as an immediate source of identity and purpose (perhaps there is some truth to the term "scatterbrained Atheist") , providing a set of guidelines for which one should live out their lives. However, even the previous statement fuels my argument: religion is nothing more than a blueprint to control others.


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    #2438340 - 03/16/04 09:16 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Great post bf6. I appreciated all of the refrences instead of just saying something you attempted to be precise in your scriptures.


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