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Origins Of Faith And Its Science

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Posted by Rich on November 2, 2000 17:23:02 UTC

I think the issue that is being missed here is to properly understand how we got to these religious and faith conclusions. Where did religion spring from? At what point did man start to think that he was not alone?
My favorite band in the world is Yes and they have a song called The Ritual, Nous Sommes du Soleil. The ritual, independant of Yes, was something man partook in as a rite. They celebrated this ritual by praising the most important thing known to them, usually an animal that they ate in order to live. This animal would be sacred to them, in such a way animals were sacrad to native North Americans. Then at a point of the year, this tribe would devour the sacred animal. This is known as totemism. This was the first religion. They made the animal sacred because they gained life from it. Tribes were usually run by a single man that would try to hold power through coersion. Banishing younger men so he could have all the women. The members would gain a hatred of the leader and would ban to kill him and maybe even devour him. Hypothetically speaking, it would make sense that this occured in many different early tribes becoming etched subconsciously in our minds. Eventually, the tribes grew out of totemism as they learned more about nature and that there was not as much magic as first they thought. Then a shift was made towards a male deity, the father of the tribe. This is why god is a he and not an it or she. God then evolved into an ideal that we see today, going through polytheism and monotheism on his way to non-existance.
Faith saw its beginning in a most unholy way. It began as a tribute to a life-giver, an animal. With such an origin, it is hard to wonder how anyone would think there was a god based on the origins of religion in the first place.

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