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religions with high-frequency rituals will be more hierarchical than traditions that lack those rituals.

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All religions seem to have creation stories. Don’t you need language to formulate this kind of mythic imagination?

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When you use the singular “God,” you’re talking about some kind of high god, which probably means a god that’s omniscient and cares about the morality of our behavior and punishes us when we behave badly. That’s a relatively recent cultural innovation that may have been an adaptation to living in very large societies.

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All really large-scale religions have rituals that people perform daily or at least once a week. We think this is one of the key differences between simply identifying with a group and being fused with a group.

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I don’t think innate curiosity and desire to puzzle together the meaning of life explains religion. → He argues that religion is more-so a result of civilization and social bonding than of the desire to understand our purpose in life. However, there is no universal definition for the term religion. It’s not a “monolithic entity” but a conglomerate of features such as rituals and belief in supernatural actors.--- tags:

  • article title: “The Ancient Rites That Gave Birth to Religion” date: 2023-09-04 lastmod: 2023-09-04

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religions with high-frequency rituals will be more hierarchical than traditions that lack those rituals.

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All religions seem to have creation stories. Don’t you need language to formulate this kind of mythic imagination?

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When you use the singular “God,” you’re talking about some kind of high god, which probably means a god that’s omniscient and cares about the morality of our behavior and punishes us when we behave badly. That’s a relatively recent cultural innovation that may have been an adaptation to living in very large societies.

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All really large-scale religions have rituals that people perform daily or at least once a week. We think this is one of the key differences between simply identifying with a group and being fused with a group.

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I don’t think innate curiosity and desire to puzzle together the meaning of life explains religion. → He argues that religion is more-so a result of civilization and social bonding than of the desire to understand our purpose in life. However, there is no universal definition for the term religion. It’s not a “monolithic entity” but a conglomerate of features such as rituals and belief in supernatural actors.