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Old 29th October 2017, 11:02 AM
stevebrooks stevebrooks is offline
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Default Re: 5 Stages of Religious Evolution

DanDare said View Post
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.

That's why I don't think religions can be said to evolve, there are many religions that no longer exist as religions, just as ancient fairy tales, but given the right people and circumstances these religions could be revived, ok it may be unlikely for many, but it could happen. In other words if there were no more monkeys, (not saying people evolved from monkey but a hypothetical you understand) you wouldn't expect monkeys to re-evolve by "backward evolution" as it were from more developed forms. Oh you might eventually, given enough time have a species evolve that resembled a monkey, but they wouldn't be monkeys. However you could conceivably see ancient religions re-established because they are ideas and ideas can be discarded and adopted depending on the society.

In other words religions don't go extinct, they go out of style, like old 80's jeans, and like old 80's jeans they are rarely forgotten and often get looked back on with nostalgia, they can come back in style depending on the direction society takes.
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