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Old 29th October 2017, 12:01 AM
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Default Re: 5 Stages of Religious Evolution

stevebrooks said View Post
Personally I think you are mistaking the development of society for the evolution of religion. Religions don't evolve, they change to suite the society. For instant we still have pantheist religions in Hinduism and others, we still have animist religions in Africa.

Western society has moved in a direction where religion is no longer necessary, but not because religion has evolved but because western society has developed, for the most part, in a direction where individual rights and freedoms are valued. But there's no reason, as an example Russia, why society can't go in the other direction and religion become more dominant.
That sounds a bit like "if we came from monkeys why are there still monkeys?".
Ideas propagate, some with more accuracy than others. Any set of ideas with an individual can change in that individual over time. Many ideas in a society become conformist. They lock in and are patrolled to eliminate variants. Some become the new normal. Religions evolve over time among the population that know of them.
"History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government".
-Thomas Jefferson

Burden of proof is the obligation on somebody presenting a claim to provide evidence to support its truth (a warrant). Once evidence has been presented, it is up to any opposing "side" to show the evidence presented is not adequate. If claims were accepted without warrants, then every claim could simultaneously be claimed to be true.

History isn't written by the victors. It's written by the people with the time machines.
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