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Religion - A tool in mankind's evolution?

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I've been having this idea for quite a while, and I would love to see what you people think! It would be interesting to hear points of views from a ferven believer in any religion as well!


Our Curiosity and our desire of making a sense out of existence are urges which are radicated deep into the human being, and this psychological void of unanswered questions has been filled for millennia by religions.

There are millions of people which cannot conceive a situation in which their life has no meaning or purpose. There are millions of people which can't even grasp the idea of an infinite reality whose origins, to put it simple…don't exist.

Physics and cosmology are making huge leaps forward, advancing more over the past few decades than throughout the whole history of mankind, and I am convinced that in the centuries to come, religion will not be needed anymore to feel certain voids. Other values will eventually take the place of religions: Today the big questions we ask ourselves are "Does God exist?" - "Why did God create the universe?" "Who created God?"

Tomorrow we'll be all like "How is it possible that existence came out of nothing"? or "If it is true that "nothing" cannot be defined, and has no restrictions or rules whatsoever is it also true that "nothing" opens the door to any possibility, including the possibility of creating a whole existence out of itself (nothing) and for no reason?"

These are far more challenging questions and I am confident it will become a cultural baggage shared by millions of people, just like the "god questions" of our time.


All morality and the social fabric that have developed around religions is another extension of this sort of "shield effect" that religion has had on the human race: if the "spiritual side" of religions, the "institutional side" of it (the churches for example) provided a very strong sense of community and group strength which as been an essential ingredient for evolved social communities (the civilizations) to appear.


Ironically, there have been devastating side effects that some might argue didn't benefit community strenght but produced a totally opposite result, aka wars and disagreement. But if take a closer look, conflict is also an essential part of nature, which helped by contrast community groups to find their own individual identities.

History has tought us that conflicts help build more awareness and sense of appartenence to a determinate group, and will eventually lead to the formation of bigger entities (example: from city-states to nations) that will eventually unite (from the world wars to the european union)

But lets get back on the topic:

Even now we can observe how certain "pieces" of religions have been lost along history as progress and knowledge kept improving. For example, speaking about the average christian believer (fundamentalists aside) there is no one these days that believes in things like satanic witches or the demonic origin of deceases

I am not saying religion if for simpletons: it has simply been a fundamental psychological component of the evolution of human civilization, and it probably would have been impossible to get where we are now as a functional community oriented species. Religion was a needed tool, but our race will come to the point that "the opium of the people" will no longer be needed.

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Unless the bible is changed, it doesn't evolve, it stays the same, hence the religious doesn't evolve.

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