For years, historians, archeologists, anthropologists and pretty much all of the other “ologists” have agreed that agriculture created civilization, including religion, as we have known it for the past 12,000 to 15,000 years. The assumption was that settling down to lives of farming, people built cities, created art and made up organized religions to suit the new needs they faced in the transition from hunter-gathers to farmers. Or not.
New evidence suggests that it was not agriculture which created civilization, but religion. The June issue of National Geographic offers a brief and provocative story from a place in Turkey known as Göbekli Tepe, site of the world’s oldest example of monumental architecture i.e. a temple. (here)
A religious gene, the fact that religion helped with socialization, and now… religion built civilizations.
I dunno… I think those atheists are anarchists.
- 11,600-year-old archeological site hints that religion, not agriculture, sparked civilization.. (ngm.nationalgeographic.com)
- Flotsam and jetsam (5/25) (westernthm.wordpress.com)
- Religion May Have Sparked Civilization (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)