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The Origins of Religion Part 5: The Benefits of Early Religion

We’ve seen that religion provided many beneficial functions for prescientific peoples such as providing a completed – even if inaccurate – a sense of cause and effect for phenomena they did not and at the time could not understand, and … Continue reading

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The Origins of Religion Part 4: Social Order and Stability

The need for social order and stability became an urgent and novel problem for large groups of people after the invention of agriculture. Prior to the invention of agriculture, people lived in bands numbering a few dozen up to no … Continue reading

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The Origins of Religion Part 3: Rituals

It seems evident through the discoveries of anthropologists that early human hunter-gather societies used primitive religion as a means of explaining and understanding phenomenon in the natural world.  They did this by invoking supernatural beings and spirits and attributing human … Continue reading

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The Origins of Religion Part 2: Superstition and Spirituality

Having a complete sense of cause and effect helps people navigate through the world by being able to make accurate predictions as to the effects of actions and events.  In some cases, such as explaining cycling of the heavenly bodies, … Continue reading

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The Origins of Religion Part 1: Cause and Effect

Religion is one of the most prevalent and influential aspects of human civilization and culture.  Nearly all societies across the globe in every recorded era have some sort of religion, worship a god (or gods), or possess a set of … Continue reading

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