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Where Does Religion Come From?

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I have always enjoyed this quote from Voltaire: "Religion began when the first charlatan met the first fool."

gsiamne Level 7 Apr 18, 2018

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest"

Denis Diderot

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It comes from a need to explain things we don’t understand

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It comes from the uncanny need of people to explain those things for which there is not an explanation.

DUCHESSA Level 8 Apr 18, 2018
7

Religion evolved from early mans effort to understand his surroundings.

gater Level 7 Apr 18, 2018

To give a fantasy explanation for an occurrence when a reasonable/logical one wasn't known.
Eg...Why does the earth tremble? Because we have angered the Gods.

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Fear of the unknown, and the need to explain it.

KKGator Level 9 Apr 18, 2018
4

I think it comes from the butt. No brain would come up with this shit. ?

Sticks48 Level 9 Apr 18, 2018

LMAO....

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Religion comes from an attempt to provide an answer for something unexplained at that moment. And to ease fears from thunderstorms to death.

dokala Level 7 Apr 18, 2018
4

Here's my tuppence worth:-
Religion builds upon itself, just as a rumour machine does. Person A surmises something esoteric, such as "That storm could have been dead people fighting." Person B then claims that every storm is caused by their ancestor's spirits. Person C then dreams up some ethereal land, with great Leaders. Person D gives them an all powerful status. Over time a word for these all powerful beings is coined. This is typical human behaviour, and can arise in multiple tribes, with the original concept perhaps coming from the early intelligent Apes of Africa that had learned to communicate by complex speech.
However, The SPREAD of religion comes with the expansion of civilisations. Hence the dominant religions all originated in the places where great civilizations once flourished.

Petter Level 8 Apr 18, 2018

The evolution doesn't stop there...traditions and rituals have been adopted/adapted in the process of conversion, definitions changed as scientific discoveries become common knowledge, and interpretations of religious writings are updated as social/global
cultural/racial norms become more equalized.

Religion has proved itself very adaptive to change in the attempt to maintain its hold/power and wealth.

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It comes from the fear of the unknown and needing to have answers to things that make us feel comfortable.

jjhagen Level 6 Apr 18, 2018
3

And I thought it was Wallmart.....

Silly me. smile009.gif

3

Mankind created god/gods and religion.

2

IMHO I think it comes from the hearts of evil controling men.

You nailed it!!!!

2

Fear and stupidity.

2

Religion comes from the inability to admit that you don't know something.

El-loco Level 7 Apr 18, 2018
2

It was our primitive fear of the unknown in the early stages of our human development. Now it is the fear of the complexity of modern life, IMHO

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Fear, power, control.

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For almost all of us, except maybe sociopaths and a few others, we have a need to connect to something bigger or more important than the illusion of our individuality. We are hardwired to be social creatures. For example our need to speak, develop language and impose a structure (grammar) on that language is 'instinctual' and is necessary for social interactions. Combine this with trying to understand the world around us before the development of the scientific method and we get religion and other faulty belief systems.

kmdskit3 Level 8 Apr 18, 2018
2

Lol... geeze! I wonder what theyre going to find on mars?

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I would say religion comes from ancient peoples that didn't understand how things work! Hopeful people will get smarter understand science.

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I have heard that it was formed from fear of darkness. People would go out into the dark and animals would of course attack and carry them off to eat them. The tribal leaders started to have people do repeat things like make noise and commotion and to go into the night with several people developing rituals.

azzow2 Level 9 Apr 18, 2018
2

I think that it is human nature to try to find explanations for things we don’t understand. Without a scientific framework the supernatural becomes an explanation.

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Freud attributed it, in part, to totemism.

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Those tribal people came up with the idea of one god. Everywhere else had many.

I think the OP is right when we consider the Abrahamic religions, the one doG idea. I'm sure religion originated with language, when the first person ask the question, "where did we come from?".

@DaveSchumacher

It may have been the spark that ignited the inspiration for organized religion.

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While spirituality emerges spontaneously from the human body-mind synthesis, religion is almost always a social mechanism created by egotists who say they're enlightened, but really just want to exercise self-anointed authority over people - usually women.

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Religion uses the fear of death to control people. The promise of a hereafter. And it builds from there.

If there is one single area religion has done the most damage, people's sexuality. I see that reflected in comments here, people who still suffer sexual taboos based on religious teashing... I feel sorry for them, and sometimes I just want to shout, "GET OVER IT."

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