Originally Posted by norbert
Hmm but anthropological and sociological studies of primitive societies have shown that things like 'Totemism' ie. the worship and representation of a higher being by use of a physical structure started way before organised religion. I think it was Emile Durkheim? Any Sociologists out there remember that from their A level?
We used to think the world was flat too.
You can track the evolution of religion, from primative
(sun, fire) through Zoarastrianism, Judaism,
Christianity (Manacheism, Catharism, Catholicism,
Protestantism etc. ) Islam.......
There are common elements which have evolved as one
meets/collides with the others, subsumed feast days,
the idea of dualism (goood vs evil) etc.
It's all very interesting as a historical investigation, but
nothing else. Like I said before, if they don't get their
evil hook into you (mostly at an early age) your not
very likely to go looking for it. (Indoctorination of
children is child abuse IMHO.