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02_14_2008 - • Origins of religion ○ Why him/her and...

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02/14/08 Origins of religion Why him/her and not me? Speculation without much structure/support He says when I get angry at someone I hit them with a club… Must generalize above statement If a tree is conscious it will take offense, say if someone urinated on it. Decides to drop and branch and kill said person Origin or first kind of religion… animism- everything in the universe is conscious Share the things they enjoy with objects like trees, leave food, give it wine, etc…(form of worship) Fundamental task of science (understanding, predicting, control.) Next genius finds a matter of simplification Branches fall from lightning, wind, dead tree, etc… Takes anthropomorphic step, offers that these forces are human in form. Polytheism-idea of many different entities to be worshipped. Imagine a powerful male responsible for lightning bolt… most powerful earthly process Zeus, take libations to worship him and sacrifice.
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