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From the arrival of the earliest humans on earth to the present ,God has always been a human invention intendednto control others.

Anabucerias 4 June 23
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G'day from the "Land Down Under" and welcome to, as the God-mobsters, etc, and the undecided or somewhat self-important like to call the Hub of Heresy.

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If by "humans" you mean the genus Homo, that was a couple million years ago. If you mean the species sapiens, that was about 300,000 years ago. Monotheism is three or four thousand years old at most. So, not "always".

Human invention - yes. Maybe other species as well, depending on one's definition. Our cousins, the chimpanzees, have some ritualistic behaviors that resemble human religious rituals.

For control of others? Not in the sense of unfair oppression of the general population for the selfish gain of an elite class. It has been co-opted and abused in that way undeniably, but if the suggestion is that it was originally devised for, and currently sustained for, that purpose, no. Not according to history and current scientific understanding, which says it evolved as a biocultural counterbalance to certain human instinctive impulses that were incompatible with life in agriculture-based societies, as opposed to hunter/gatherer societies. So - control - yes, but control of everyone's disruptive instincts - not just of "others". And not for selfish gain, but for the reproductive fitness of H.sapiens.

skado Level 9 June 23, 2022

Those are some mighty big words you are using there, @skado, I guess your grandkids have been coaching you once again.

He is accurate. Was an oversimplification, but as religion has evovled it has exerted more control asssuming the role if a Godly super ego.

@Anabucerias
Yes, it has become corrupted, practically beyond recognition.

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Can you cite any anthropologist, sociologist or other scholar who has done research on the history of religion who would subscribe this claim?

Matias Level 8 June 23, 2022
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"From the arrival of the earliest humans..."?????

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I think for the earliest humans gods stood in as explanations for misunderstood natural phenomena (e.g. thunder and lightening). It probably was not long before someone figured out that they could use people's beliefs to manipulate them. And religion was born. 🤣

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Hello and welcome. Enjoy the site.

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I've heard of that, a console fit for a god 😉

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Earliest humans had an excuse for their primitive explanations.

barjoe Level 9 June 23, 2022
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Welcome aboard the heathen, heretic train! 😊

Buck Level 7 June 23, 2022
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It is my opinion that god was a human construct to explain natural processes that ignorant early humans did not understand. It is my opinion that religions were a human construct to control others.

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