When Religion ends, will civilization?

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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.

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One Reply to “When Religion ends, will civilization?”

  1. Yes. In our own time it’s the most religious areas that are growing in population and power (Islam, India) and the most secular areas that are in decline (Europe). I’m not sure where the US stands on that scale. And China’s trickier to figure out, because they are growing economically, but they will soon face a major underpopulation crisis due to their one-child policy.

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