The Origins of Religion

In the beginning, religion was science. It explained the world around us and how it worked. After the Agricultural Revolution and we had time to study science. At the same time religion formed into political powers the two diverged. One came to represent truth and the other would embrace mythology.

Every myth, Egyptian, Greek, Roman or otherwise, that has ever been told or written, varies in its telling. The basic themes are repeated in many of our myths. Sometimes the details and even storylines will differ considerably, from village to village and eon to eon.

One must understand that the myths have been told and retold, written and rewritten and translated from language to language for 12,000 years. As a society, we can relish the differences in the telling of our story. Enjoy humanity’s brilliant and artful imagination throughout the ages.

Mythology, Folklore, and Religion

Religion is a set of beliefs and practices, often centered upon specific supernatural and moral claims about reality, the cosmos, human nature, and often codified as prayer, ritual, and religious law.

Religion also encompasses ancestral or cultural traditions, writings, history, and mythology, as well as personal faith and mystic experience. The term “religion” refers to both the personal practices and communal faith and group rituals.

The Dread Pirate Dave

David is the Editor in Chief of Postcards From the Edge. I was born on a cold November morning on the showy plains of Colorado. Like my father, before me, I am an American Nomad.

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