Reblogging for future reference:
Part Two: The violent origins of man-made religion
Scientists tell us that the exact point when humans became “religious” is unknown, but traces back to sometime in the Paleolithic era between 45,000 to 200,000 years ago, with the earliest evidence being ritualistic burying of the dead. Such practices represent “an awareness of life and death and a possible belief in the afterlife.” Evidence for belief in a supernatural being or beings can be traced back to the Upper Paleolithic Era when anthropomorphic images began appearing on cave paintings and personal items as far back as 50,000 years ago. It seems that from the beginning humans have always portrayed “God” in their own image.
The enigmatic complex known as Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, dating back to 10,000 BCE, is recognized as the oldest religious structure known to man. It includes a number of T-shaped pillars representing human-like figures…
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