religions with high-frequency rituals will be more hierarchical than traditions that lack those rituals.
All religions seem to have creation stories. Don’t you need language to formulate this kind of mythic imagination?
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.
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.
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.