What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
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16-10-2016, 04:08 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
Cultural evolution. Our context was changing faster than our biological tendencies could adapt. Concepts like viewing a woman's reproductive capacity as a scarce resource in need of control were against our natural tendencies, but nonetheless created a survival advantage for societies which found a way to adopt them into their lifestyles. That is, of course, just the tip of the iceberg. Every religion is slightly different, but all change in accordance with the never ending process of natural selection, and have the potential to do so much faster than our physical characteristics. Alas, still not as fast as we'd like sometimes.

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16-10-2016, 05:22 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
I don't think religion was "created." Religion evolved out of an unfortunate combination of pattern-seeking, tool use, and our wonderful brains that want to understand why and love stories so much.

However, religion has long been used deliberately as a tool of social control; much easier to get people to do stuff for you if you tell them that it's what god wants.
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16-10-2016, 07:19 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
No kings, no gods!

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16-10-2016, 07:42 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
(16-10-2016 02:46 PM)Jokurix Wrote:  Hi,

very friendly people on this forum. So I have a question for all atheists, what was the objective behind religion when it first started?

I'll begin:

some guy called Jesus was doing a social experiment, but he died before being able to say JUST A PRANK BRO.

That and to cover people's fears, like nothingness after death.

Religion predated Jebus by a couple of 15,000 years.
It's a job creation scheme by lazy ass priests who are too dumb to get real jobs.

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16-10-2016, 08:53 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
(16-10-2016 07:42 PM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  Religion predated Jebus by a couple of 15,000 years.
It's a job creation scheme by lazy ass priests who are too dumb to get real jobs.

What Bucky has written above is historically accurate. After approx' 360 A.D. many pagan priests in Rome joined the xian church. This is how much of the pomp and ceremony encroached upon catholicism. A reason why both Eastern and Western versions of xianity became so very different.

In Constantinople the emperor was there to oversee the church. This was different to that in Rome. Especially after the Goths and Vandals invaded.

There was simply no money going into pagan coffers and the priests were starving. So they switched. In Constantinople if one converted one got a coin and a free cloak.

Later on Justinian made paganism illegal on pain of death. That spelled the end of the pagan religions of the Hellenes, Carthaginians etc. It was not unusual for xian mobs to roam the streets killing pagans. Burn down temples etc.

Later the church reversed the story, that it was xians who were the most persecuted. Well compare. Paganism was wiped out. Xianity remains.

Do the maths.

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16-10-2016, 09:35 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
Neither reason nor creation were involved. Religion is the unintended consequense of superstition in a sentient, social organism.

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17-10-2016, 07:32 AM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
Bloviators. Once there was enough food to allow for it, the bloviators came to the forefront.
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17-10-2016, 07:47 AM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
I don't think it was created out of a conscious or even willful effort. I think it was born out of our ignorance about the physical properties behind the goings-on around us. We didn't understand why there was lightning, floods, drought, famine, locusts, diseases, etc. I think religion was an early logic exercise - bad things happen therefore there must be a cause behind it all. Or to put it another way it was the beginnings of science, the desire to know why things happen, but it arose out of a time when our own imagination was the most convincing tool we had to explain things.
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18-10-2016, 03:14 PM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
I you want to find the full answer I would suggest loking into Paleolithic Relgions.

In the Atapuerca Mountain's is Spain, a intentional burial sight of the dead was found. Bone of 32 individuals were found in a pit within a cave. Dated back 300,000 years ago. Homosapiens have only been around 200,000 years. This has been disbuted by some because of the findings weren't so much laid just kind of tossed.

However the earliest non disputed evidence comes from of close cousins the Neanderthals. 130,00 years neanderthals would make Bureal sites with their dead. They would dig a shallow grave, place flowers, and plants around the body. Then cover it with stones.

100,000 years ago – The oldest known ritual burial of modern humans at Qafzeh in Israel: a double burial of what is thought to be a mother and child. The bones have been stained with red ochre. By 100,000 years ago anatomically modern humans migrated to the middle east from Africa. However the fossil record of these humans ends after 100kya, leading scholars to believe that population either died out or returned to Africa.[22][23]

So what do we see happens from religious minded people today. The young would pick up these practices and repeated. Maybe ever so slightly change or adjusted the practice to accommodate for the culture, and region. Shamans or people of authority would need to prove their authority maybe threw some sort of divine guidance.

Ancient Egyptians would basically believe that their leaders were gods.

Our ancient ancestor did have one thing thou. A species that was more afraid maybe to a point of superstitious was more likely to survive.

You hear a rustling in the bushes. The curious ones could be eaten by a tiger, but the couscous one would run away. It could have been nothing. It could have just been the wind blowing the leaves. But when survival is as stake it can prove beneficial to be fearful.

So when thunder struck in the sky, and their understanding of static electricity was nonexistent. How do you fill the void? A shaman or person of athurity with out answers might come off as stupid. So they had to fabricate some sort of answer.

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14-11-2016, 09:48 AM
RE: What was the reason behind the creation of religion for you?
first of all it gave simple explanation to natural phenomenon before science and now even with science as we have it religion gives people hope and stuff, that we are not alone, that the bad will be punished for what they do blah blah
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