re: thoughts on origin of religions

From: Amara Graps (
Date: Fri Feb 22 2002 - 00:19:16 MST

From: Miriam English <>, Fri, 22 Feb 2002 13:08:38 +1100

> I have been wondering why so many of the world's most powerful religions
> seem to have been born around the same time. It seems to me that many of
> the big religions got much of their power from the birth of writing.

I don't see that.

We have a large body of written works from the ancient Greeks.
>From them, we learned our earliest ideas of free market, democracy,
technology, free speech, individualism, just to name a few. Perhaps
other cultures at that time such as the Etruscans were also forming
those concepts, but we don't have a written record of their
daily life to know.

The religion for those Greeks were Apollo, Delphi's Oracle, and
a collection of gods and goddesses. Those didn't survive through
time as 'powerful' religions.


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