In the Beginning… The Origin of Religion

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“Human existence is inexorably indebted to beginnings. Curiosity and mystery are timeless allies. Understanding is the resilient aspiration of all mortal inquiry” (AEM)

For centuries, the question of how and when religion began has been one the mind-boggling enigmas that has captivated the imagination of a multitude of inquisitive minds, especially in the field of comparative religions.[1]  Unfortunately, a final solution to this enigma has not been possible.  Neither history nor science has succeeded in their attempts to find the truth.  To our disappointment, no one really knows.

Fortunately, we are not left in a worthless limbo.  With different levels of precision, we have an idea of how many world religions started.   Thanks to a long history of research whose roots go back to the 19th century, we now have at our disposal a series of inter and cross-disciplinary hypotheses seeking to explain how some pre-historical efforts to connect with a Supreme Power might have started or – even with a little more precision – how particular religions might have begun in our seven continents.  Despite this knowledge, we still are clueless regarding how religion, as a pervasive and cultural human effort to develop a relationship with the divine mystery, started and developed.

Using as “informants” what world religions have been and have done for centuries, as finalized concrete products of a process,[2] and setting aside the idea that religion or religions originated out of a primitive mentality, faulty thinking, naiveté and/or human ignorance, I hereby outline some of the most popular, tentative proposals about the genesis of religion:[3]

  1. Everything is Alive and There is Life in Everything. As a result of dreams and visions of people who died, in primitive societies religion might have started as the belief that former family members, friends, warriors, and ancestors were alive in some form, in another world, and still connected with the physical world of those left behind.  The experience with the deceased in somewhat abstract terms, led many cultures  to conclude that the dead existed “spiritually” and that they had “souls” as well; somewhat they were alive in another dimension.   The same views were extended to animals, objects, plants, and other elements of nature; everything was alive and had a soul as well. As time passed by, this recognition led to the veneration of the dead and nature until they were worshipped as divine entities whom they would please in order to obtain favors.[4]  In the academic study of religion, this view is usually called animism.
  1. Dealings with the Mystical Powers of Nature. Another hypothesis argues that religion began with groups of people responding to what they heard, saw, felt, touched, and tasted in the natural world.  From their sensorial experience,  they assumed there were mystical forces behind anything that they interacted with.  As a fundamental piece of this evolving relationship, these pre-historical communities started personalizing the elements.  As an example of that, they gave names to the mystical powers of nature and attributed to them specific roles or functions until they became deities with the corresponding myths to explain who they were, what they did, and how they related to the physical world.  Natural phenomena became impersonal divine realities and/or expressions of specific gods or goddesses in charge.[5]
  1. Recognition of One Supreme, All-Powerful Deity. Some scholars affirm that, in some cultures, religion appears to have originated as a belief in one God, normally seen as above everything else and attributed perfect qualities. [6] Recognizing the centrality or uniqueness of this God, the belief in many gods and animism developed much later, as a normal part of the diversification process or even seen as a distortion.  For that reason, many decided to go back to monotheism. 
  1. Controlling the World of Nature. It has been said that once humanity failed to manipulate nature with magic, as a second stage of three-stage process, primitive societies resorted to the use of religion to achieve this goal, hoping that through its beliefs and rituals nature itself would also cooperate and submit to the will of humans.  Religion’s failure to control the elements was replaced by science, as the third stage of this linear understanding of humanity.  One could then say that religion came after the failure of magic, only to fail again.  It is the result of an evolutionary process, which is no longer relevant.
  1. Psychological Projections. Since humans are not just souls and bodies, but also composed of minds and emotions, religion might have originated as a result of human desires, wishes, and needs that needed satisfaction in the face of challenges or threats to their well-being.  Motivated by fear and guilt of the spirits or God or even death, the beliefs, symbols, and rituals people created became defense-mechanisms, media for self-protection, affirmation, and control.  Religion is simply a replica of self seeking to benefit the self.
  1. Social Organization, Identity, and Meaning. In response to a type of life that might come across as chaotic, shapeless, and meaningless, religion mediates people’s desire to have a structured, unified community to which they need to belong and out of which they may obtain answers to where they came from, who they are and where they are headed. self.  For centuries, all humans have longed for balance, harmony, and purpose in life.  The desire to be connected with something greater than ourselves might have served as a very strong motivator to seek a relationship with the powers that be millions of year ago or even today.
  1. The Overwhelming Enigma of Life and Death. Finally, and to give to our dialogue more philosophical and existential overtones, religion might have originated out of a profound reverence for the mystery and power of life and concerns for death, which inspired in people a sense of awe, humility, powerlessness, and submission to a perceived deeper reality.  We should not be surprise that such sentiments might have crossed the minds of many primitive cultures.

Although there might some other explanations one could add to this list of hypotheses, a few, tentative conclusions may be presented:

  1. Religion is as old as human existence. It does not come across like an after-thought, footnote or appendix in the course of human history.  The premise here is that men and women, because of their complex nature (comprised of emotions, souls and body)  have some sort of innate, intuitive  and/or spiritual tendency to response to the outside world in mystical ways.
  1. Religion must have started as a natural response to nature as an extension or projection of self and/or as the result of some kind of dynamic and complex dialogue between the inside of humans and what is outside.
  1. Religion must have started in different places at different times; a linear process presupposing one, single, pre-historical religion from which others branched out is unreasonable and simplistic. If this is so, it would perhaps be more appropriate to talk about “origins.”
  1. Religion originated as a result of a combination of several factors, difficult to single out. We now know that things in life are multi-factorial and that, at any given time, one factor or a combination of several could be more important than taking into consideration all the factors.
  1. Religion, in the interest of growth and survival, went through a necessary process of formalization and/or institutionalization.  It started out as a simple, informal phenomenon only to become something more structured, formal, and diversified, with all the possibilities and limitations associated with this process.

While we give embrace these and other reasonable conjectures, one thing will forever be the same or go unchallenged: the untamable, human spirit will continue to look for answers that, buried in the-now-gone past, still long to be creatively reimagined until that moment when the mystery of the beginning(s) of religion will no longer be a treasure to look for but an awesome discovery that will make all inquiries an issue of the past.

 

[1] For a working definition of the term religion and what religions do to make a relationship with the Sacred possible, please see my posts “What is Religion: Naming a Faith-Driven Experience” http://blogs.reinhardt.edu/ich/2017/01/25/what-is-religion-naming-a-faith-driven-experience/) and “In Our Image and Likeness: How Does Religion Facilitate a Relationship with the Holy?”http://blogs.reinhardt.edu/ich/2017/02/10/in-our-image-and-likeness-how-does-religion-facilitate-a-relationship-with-the-holy/

[2] The majority of them follows patterns of expressive behavior that makes possible a comparative and contrasting analysis.

[3] Using common sense and drawing inferences from the beliefs, feelings, and actions of world religions, scholars have articulated and projected these hypothesis following an inverted, chronological order (a process from the present to the past).

[4] For instances, through sacrifices, offerings and other rituals.

[5] As an example of this worldview, the Afro-Caribbean Changó was seen as the god of thunder, just like Baal in Canaanite religions.

[6] The data used for the articulation of this view comes from Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which are monotheistic.

 

About amartinez

Dr. Aquiles E. Martinez is Professor of Religion (Biblical Studies) and Coordinator of the Religion and Philosophy Programs at Reinhardt University. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Martinez has dedicated a good part of his life to equip pastors and church leaders in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, with the appropriate skills, knowledge, and experiences so they can serve their communities effectively. In addition to his many books, articles, and essays published in English and Spanish, Dr. Martinez has served several churches and the global community as an effort to help people develop significant relationships with God and their neighbors, especially with marginalized communities.
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39 Responses to In the Beginning… The Origin of Religion

  1. Angela Yi says:

    It is interesting to know that for centuries, there have been questions of how and when religion began. But the thing is, no one really knows. In the 19th century, we have found our answer with a series of inter and cross-disciplinary hypotheses that explains how specific religions may have started out. While reading the outline of the most popular proposals, I was familiar with a few of them from hearing about them before. So some of the information was nothing new, but the ones I have not heard before was interesting. Towards the end, it talks about how religion is as old as human existence, it is crazy to think how far the world has come along and how it still sticks with us to this day.

  2. Gabrielle McDaniel says:

    (Religon Section 104)
    I could believe that it was hard finding the origin of Religion and pinpointing the beginning, because without a strict guideline how could one define Religion in the beginning without evening knowing it was a thing? I find it interesting to see the tentative conclusions drawn from the hypotheses of the origin of religion. I can see the theory of it being around as long as human existence was, because I could infer that even early human life needed something to look forward to or something to look towards as well. I like this because it gave me a new incite and perspective that I never really questioned before.

  3. Lauri Malinen says:

    I must admit that pondering about the origins of religion is a fascinating topic that has certainly captivated the minds of countless curious individuals. It is a question that I have often found myself thinking about. In my opinion the best way to tackle this issue is my examining human consciousness through interpersonal communication. When I think about my own motivations for seeking religion, I can find that it is mostly a product of self-preservation, fear, and desires. This is why I relate to two of the tentative proposals expressed in your blog. The creation of religion due to psychological projections that are formed as self defense mechanisms, and self-beneficiary ideologies resonates with me. I could also find truth in the assumption that religion could have been created in order to ease the painful reality of life and death. I feel like a lot of the harsh realities of life are truly hard to accept, and religion has been created as a way to ease, and come to terms with these realities.

    Lauri Malinen
    Religion 104 section 4

  4. Cecil Comenencia says:

    (Religion 104 040 MC)
    The article writes about how we have been asking ourselves for centuries how religion has begun, and until this day nobody does really know how it began. It explains we have an idea of how many world religions started thanks to a long history of research whose roots go back to the 19th century. We basically only have some series of inter and cross-disciplinary hypotheses seeking to explain how some pre-historical efforts to connect with a Supreme Power might have started. While reading the 7 most popular hypotheses of how religion may have started was very informative, some I could understand others I did never heard before. It is crazy how we believe in something what we can’t really explain, but then again we still do it and have done for a long time. I believe this is because we all have our own hypotheses and conclusions to explain and believe in our religion.

  5. Sarah Crawford says:

    This post is very interesting to think about, and a very strong thought about where religion started. the fact that humans evolved and made religion evolve with this is a very interesting, and thought-provoking point. this being because most religions are not suppose to change. Most have set ground rules and they are not to be changed as time moves forward, but they do, thus comes other religions. I can understand the difficulty of identifying the true origin of religion, in an of itself. Due tot he fact civilization only recently starting recording time and archeologists practically guess time in the reverse. it is also profoundly difficult identifying religion if there is no fixed definition of the word “religion” which is mentioned on another post we read in class. this post is definitely a though provoking one. I enjoyed reading a new perspective about the beginnings of religion in the world.

  6. Kimberlee Smith says:

    (Religion 104 040 MC)
    This post talks about different hypotheses to what the definition of religion might be, to different people or persons, and how each hypothesis could be correct by drawing possible conclusions to each one. It is interesting how the human race has evolved religion and vice versa. Since most of are in a bubble, it is hard to look at different points of view and draw merit to each one. Some of the hypotheses I believe could happen or be a reasonable solution to what religion might be, but others I’m not so sure about. Which is fine in the eyes of religion because each of us has our different views of what we believe is the origin, and what makes us believe in a God, gods, or higher being. It is also interesting that the majority of the human race feels like they have to find out the conclusion of the origin of religion. We will never know why religion what created, and I think we should be fine with not knowing if it is not harming us.

  7. Mariama Diallo section 3 says:

    As the the article implies it is almost impossible to pin point where, how or when religion emerged before the main religions we practice today. However, it is interesting that most of them claim to be the original form of religion. One can argue that we can only assume that it could arise from many different aspects such as human curiosity of the unknown and the notion of having an impossible tangible evidence of our creation. most likely, It is a combination of many theories as indicated here, because if we use our knowledge of history and present-day events, we can clearly see a pattern and reasons to why people would create or follow such belief systems.

  8. Madison Reeg says:

    Religion 104 010
    The article starts by writing about how no one truly knows when and how religion overall started. This intrigues me because I have never truly thought about this idea or even questioned when religion came about and how. The list of inter and cross-disciplinary hypotheses provide explanations of how religion may have started based off pre-historical efforts. Some of these tentative proposals still have to do with some of the religions we know today. For example, in the paragraph “Recognition of One Supreme, All-Powerful Deity,” it states that religion originated with people who believed in one God, and later people began believing in more than one. Today though, there are different religions that believe in either. Although I am unfamiliar with some of the other tentative proposals, I have heard of a few of the hypothesis as to why it is thought that there are these tentative proposals. This blog helped me think of information I had never thought about and made me take in new information as well.

  9. John Reed says:

    Religion 104 Section 3
    This blog illustrates different aspects to which religion could have originated from. There will always be the desire to know the origin of religion with many attempts to answer this only to conclude that we will never truly know. However, this blog shows possible theories by evaluating the human people. This thought out explanation of each possible origin lets the reader understand. It displays how it could originate from people trying to cope, understand, unite, or control something within this world. In understanding all the points presented, it would appear to cover all possibilities. This allows for an array of conclusions, with most importantly religion has probably always existed. It also concludes that religion is caused through human interaction with nature and that it had to have started in different places at different times. This is the basis for what people believe in. People who believe that there is one supreme being will see differently than those who believe that everything is alive. Depending on which theory we believe in shapes our understanding and perspective of religion.

  10. Tiffany Blalock says:

    This post is very interesting to me. I did not realize that there was no definite starting point as to how and when religion all started. The blog talks about how religion could have been based off of a natural response to nature, pre-historic events, and even as human existence. Anyone can make the assumption that religion derives from anything! We all have different views on religion and how it began. I truly feel as though religion is something that we as humans “use” in order to relieve psychological pain, physical pain, and perhaps the idea of death itself.
    Rel 104- Section 2

  11. Natalie Kelly says:

    REL 101 Sect. 4

    I found this article interesting. As stated above, there isn’t just one thing you can point out about the evolution of Religion. Previously stated that there really is no direct link or history to find the truth. Until taking this course this past semester I really never gave Religion a good thought as well to care to know how many different Religions there are today. Reading through this, I can see there are different views which in turn you have to look at it from a “different pair of glasses” as you call it. Not everyone will be openminded to this concept and will continue to live in their “bubble.”

  12. Reanna Whitlow says:

    Section 104 010
    Religion does not have a set place where it started. We do not know who the first person was to have a religion or what that religion was, all we know is there are a lot of different religions that started many years ago either around the same time or later on. We do not know the exact reasons religions were created but I think I have a good idea. Without religion we would all be running around looking for answers for things of why they happen or why they do not happen. Believing in a religion, no matter what religion gives an answer to all our questions, even if there is not an answer. We do not know why most things happen, like death, cancer, diseases, mental illnesses, and all the other bad things that occur in our world. But with religion we do not need to know those answers, we just believe that our higher power does them for a reason greater than us. With religion we can live in peace with knowing that whatever happens is not up to us but is up to God and that everything will work out like it should in the end.

  13. Landon Babay (religion 104 010) says:

    The origin of religion is an intriguingly mind boggling subject for me. In this section, ” dealing with the mystical powers of nature” I agree with the hypothesis that people began to think that mystical forces were behind many things. Religion is one of the most powerful aspects in many peoples lives. This brings many questions to my mind because many things are still unknown about religion. People dedicate themselves to their respected religions, but they are ultimately unsure of the legitimacy behind their faith. I realize that faith is whatever people perceive it to be, so for that reason I think that it’s a good thing that the true origins of religion remain unknown.

  14. Josh Chupp says:

    Religion 104 #4
    The origin of religion is simply something we will never know for sure. This article shows that we are able to come up with many theories, and even if they are solid guesses at the end of the day it is still a guess. As stated above, we are able to note that different beliefs and perspectives can play critical roles in the formation and evolution of religions; social interaction plays a large role here, but we will never be able to nail down a specific beginning point.

  15. Skyler Baughman says:

    (Religion 104 040 MC)
    The Article is well stated and well written. The origin of religion is very interesting. To understand the origin you must first know how religion came about and why it came about. In my opinion, religion came about from three main purposes. A sense of hope, a sense of well being and a sense of higher power. Without these three purposes, I believe religion would not even be a part of the everyday human life. Even though the origin of religion is unknown, religion goes all the way back to our Ancestral Cousins through cave drawings and etc. So, there has always been a sense of higher power, it is just expressed through different ways and means. As C.S Lewis puts it ““If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” To me, this is the perfect explanation of how religion came about.

  16. Hannah Fuller (REL 104 Section 1) says:

    Section 1:

    I have never taken the time to really think about how religion, as a whole, came to be until it was addressed in class. It is so interesting to think on how people long ago thought of the world and what surrounded them spiritually. I believe, though, that religion was made as a “peace of mind” type of situation. No one wants to think that after this life there is nothing. No one wants to believe that things happen for a logical reason rather than a mystical/spiritual reason. The “beyond” was made so that others can feel peace about the end of life. Death is not so scary if you believe there is more or that loved ones who have passed before you will be seen again. Of course, I do believe strongly in my faith, but these are the conclusions I drew of other religions through the times.

  17. Kristen Wengryniuk, REL 104, Section 040 says:

    The origin of religion has always been, and may always be, shrouded in mystery. However, one thing is for certain: we will never stop trying to find the answer. The seven tentative hypotheses are full of interesting ideas on how religion began. I particularly like the theory of animism, which believes that all things have a soul. I believe that if more people had this mentality then pollution would not be as prevalent of a problem. Although we have a general idea about how many religions began, we cannot pinpoint the exact times for all. Having this unanswered question hanging over our heads contributes to the mystery and awe that already surrounds this ancient institution. But despite this mystery, religion has managed to permeate almost every aspect of society and continues to uphold social norms.

  18. Hinton Bolinger says:

    Religion is a subject that will always lead to many questions. The first of these questions being “Where did religion originate?” Which is obviously harder to answer than most people think. Religion doesn’t have a set originator or a set time period in which it began. Truly what religion is, is believing without seeing. Without having a specific answer for how it came about, there will never be a true yes or no answer if God is real. Science cannot prove this either.

  19. Aisis Hull says:

    (Religion 104 Section 3)
    Religion is interesting and very optimistic. Reading this article, gave me knowledge of the origin of religion. Religion has no truth how religion was started. Until some religions created scared books, which provides evidence. Even though we have scared books, there is no guaranteed how everything was started. Even historians had not succeeded finding the truth. However, people do base their religion off of nature, powers, social, and life and death. Even though people base their life of these meanings, religion has always been out since human life was started maybe even longer, religion is everywhere, and religion will always continue to grow like humans.

    • Annie Barnes says:

      (REL 104 Section 4)
      Religion is a persons beliefs and values systems that they have learned or that have been passed onto them. For me reading this article showed me the origins of it, and how it started. I also learned how peoples experiences gave them a supposed viewpoint of there being a God. Religion was a way, and continues to be a way for many people to ask questions outside of their unfamiliar box. It also gives answers to the emptiness that many people feel inside. Personally I believe that religion is vague and shallow, attempting to give us answers while causing disruptions among us. For me I believe that having a intimate relationship with your creator is what’s important. I also do my part in keeping an open mind to others beliefs because we can all learn from each other.

  20. John Guillen says:

    (REL 104: Section 3)
    We engage in our own belief that whatever religion we’re in that it is the correct religion. Anyone who is not in our religion would be than lost in their own beliefs. Who and what is the correct religion? We cannot condemn other religion nor their beliefs because we don’t understand them. We must be open-minded and accept that there are other religions who look at ours the same way. If I had a vision or a deep thought does that mean I’m wrong? One can argue that all other religion that is not Christian base derived from a vision or a deep thought. It’s like a tree that branches out to many other small branches but they are all still attached to that tree. We follow these rituals and traditions to show people how obedient we are to our higher power. Some people may do it to feel better about themselves while others do it for affirmation for some sort of emotional gratification. While there are other’s who don’t believe in a higher power just keep in mind, if there is a higher power we gain eternal salvation, but if there isn’t then we lose nothing.

  21. Antonio Robinson says:

    (Religion 104 Section 3)
    I do believe that trying to find answers in life is human nature, and is a good thing, I think there are alot of things that can’t be explained. I think the basis of religion is that it is the answer to the questions we don’t have the answers to, and ones faith is believing that there is an almighty/all knowing one or many that do have the answers. Also, I think this post is very genuine because it says that religion very well could be a social construct by people in order to bring us together. I think that we can’t leave that explaination out either.

  22. Madison Arrendale says:

    (Religion 104 sec. #4)
    The article begins with how for centuries we have been searching for an answer to when and how religion become apart of our life. To this day we have yet to find a solution that works perfectly for the problem that has caused us to think. personally, I never truly questioned or even thought about where religion originally came from. What is quite interesting to me is that you can’t just point out one thing about the evolution of religion. Religion is not just one perspective that everyone follows, there are multiple and many are confused as to why this is. people find that religion is based on your faith, beliefs, and culture that was developed as you grew throughout the years. Maybe, in the end, we may not have an estimated guess as to where religion came from, but we do know that it is needed. without religion, the world would be running around begging for answers to questions as to why certain things happen or how life was created. but despite the mystery behind not knowing, religion has managed to continue to uphold social norm throughout the world.

  23. Sarah Inman says:

    Religion 104 Section #3
    I find this article interesting, because it is quite amazing that no one really knows when religion began or why it began. Many scholars have hypotheses; however, we technically don’t know the actually answer. Personally, I think that religion began when humankind began, because I think that individuals have their own religion. I think that people have for a long time done their own rituals and have always worshipped something whether that is something in nature or a God. Overall, it surprises me that there is no answer. I think that for the most part, religion has definitely evolved over time which is why there are so many different types and so many different beliefs. Because of that, I think it is all really what you want to believe since it technically is from your perspective. Religion will continue to evolve as time goes on and more hypotheses will form as more information is found, but those hypotheses are just what someone created. People for a long time will still have their own thoughts.

  24. Matthew Corrales says:

    (Religion 104 Section 4)

    Religion was, and always will be, a very intricate topic in which no one knows exactly where it came from. This article touched based on several theories which, in all reality, are just theories. Yes they make sense but in many ways they are just made up from either human experience or imagination. I believe that religion isn’t something people can research and find physical evidence of where it originated. Going back to all of the theories that were mentioned, not one gave significant physical evidence as to how religion was originated. Although physical evidence isn’t given, there were firsthand experiences mentioned that allow people to be a little more open minded about its existence; not to say its some form of a myth. Religion can be interpreted in many different ways and these are all examples of different ways people wanted to interpret life. No one wanted to sit there and believe there was no form or significant being or deity that had all power to create the earth and everyone in it. They needed answers as why they lived the life they live. Human beings are very curious creatures and to this day are trying to find answers for everything. Even with science there is no exact way to prove how and why we all came to be, just theories! Religion is one of the many topics that will continue to be talked about for decades to come and I find it very intriguing.

  25. Steve Chavez says:

    Its crazy to think how religions really stared, because every religion has their own story on how they began. If you are looking at it in a religious stand point, then all the quotations about religion will be answered because you are going to believe in the story that your religion tells you. But if you are going in at this in a Scientific stand point then there are going to be a lot of unsolved quotations like how it began etc. To people that are looking from a religious stand point all they have to do is believe and they have the answers. While people looking at it in a Scientific stand point they have to try to solve everything to find an answer and religion goes back millions of years ago, so some quotations are hard to answer or will never be answered.
    (REL 104 Section 4)

  26. Hannah Rooks says:

    Religion 104 Section 3-

    I feel as though this blog had a topic was very reminiscent of most people’s life. I feel like I have observed many people who always ask the question of “why” or “how” in regards to when, where, or how a religion started. If people just took in life with an open mindset, and looked at the world holistically, I feel like their unanswered questions would become answered. Of course it is hard to know if ones belief of the origins of religion is true or not, but just having an open mind set and the ability to listen to others opinions, I feel will make ones confusion less, and the adventure more meaningful.

  27. Curtis Doctor says:

    This is an interesting blog on your opinion and how you believed religion had started. I think that most of the things and topics you mentioned in this blog comes to makes since and helps us see the beginning of religion in a different way. When you brought up the three different stages and how people went about seeing religion I thought it was interesting. I see where you were coming from about these stages because nowadays science plays a big role when it comes to seeing and understanding the world and humanity came into existence. This blog was interesting and made since to me about the way people thought about religion and how they dealt with it overtime.

  28. Katherine Mejia says:

    Religion 104- sec4
    After reading this blog, I agree with the idea that there are many different ways to believe that religion came about. Its incredible to think that that no one really knows when religions first came about and why. It makes sense for others to seek out an explanation as to why and how religions started out. Religion is based on personal beliefs and values. Everyone chooses what they want to believe in and what they don’t. Religions have evolved over the years, whether its different rituals or symbols, it has definitely changed.

  29. Jacob Samuels says:

    This post talks about the fact that nobody really knows how or when religion was started. There are many supporting claims as to when it started but they have not been proven to be factual. These claims are only known to be as hypothesis. It is hard to determine when or how religion was started because there are not any guidelines or documents that recorded exactly when religion came into existence. It is hard to prove when it came into existence as we as humans have not started recording history until fairly recent times. With that being said, there is a lot of information that we are missing. A conclusion that I have taken from the post is that religion has existed as long as human has. It also talks about how it is a response to mother nature. In all, it will never be proven exactly how or when religion came to be no matter how much someone thinks they can infer from previous centuries such as the 19th century.
    (Religion 104 030)

  30. Brittany wilson says:

    I don’t believe we will ever discover the place and time where humans first started using religion, and I don’t believe we really should know. Thousands of years ago the people were very different than we are now. What they believed is most certainly different, this could be one of those questions that could get answered one day that could change the face of human life on earth. It could be in a good way and it could also be in a bad way. People see religion as hope for a better way, adn if we uncover the truth about where it truly came from it could uncover some of the unniqness that makes up religion. No, i do not think people will turn away from their religion, but i do think it will have a profound effect on how they think about their religion. There could be hundreds of origins out there on how religion started up. There’s no one place and time and then it spread from there. I think it would be impossible, but just maybe someone will get lucky. But people today don’t do well with change and especially with their religion.

  31. Abby Lyttle says:

    Religion 104 Section 3
    This article was really interesting to me. The idea of religion really is a mystery. Everyone that is living today is a believer in what they have been told or what they have researched about the different religions. Nobody alive now was alive when religion started. There’s so many questions we could ponder about religion, but we usually just suppress are questions and ideas. We just go with what our parents tell us to do and worship. It is also interesting that we know so much about religion to this day even though it was so long ago. The depth of how much we know about different religions is fascinating. You have to keep an open mind when learning about religion because if you don’t you won’t learn much.

  32. Joshua Jenkins says:

    (Religion 104 010 MC)
    I find the topic of religion’s origin interesting, as it raises another question. When and why did religion play such a significant role in the first humans? I enjoy looking at the history of it and this blog helped me to think about early religion in a much deeper sense.

  33. Tori Cason says:

    Religion 104, Section 4
    When reading this article, so many questions come to mind. I wonder where religion really did come from and how anyone will ever truly know. Everyone in today’s world only knows what they were taught, including myself, but what if we were taught wrong? No one will ever really know, and that interest me a lot. Religion is very unique and i believe that what makes it so special is because no one really know the true story, we just choose to believe what we want, and everyone’s beliefs are different.

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