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Old 04-12-2005, 04:56 PM
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Default Chronological Order of Religions

Anybody have a list or know the order?
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Hinduism's pretty old, probably at least 4,000 years, likely older. No-one really knows, or rather, many claim to know but they all disagree with each other.
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Hinduism is generally regarded as the oldest organized religion still around today.

If we do this correctly, we must start with the very first humans, and we will begin at the Togo Bottleneck, when only around 1000 "modern" humans existed (keep in mind, this is theoretical):

Proto-Migration Religion (at the time of the Togo Bottleneck) (pre-100,000 years ago estimate)
Various forms of Earth Mother Worship (Post 80000-90000 years ago)
It gets complicated here, because of the migration. We see shamanism, and other forms of animism, as well as various true polytheistic religions, which are the base for coming religions. No monotheism exists yet, besides the possibility of the Earth Mother religion. Religion changes little, as culture is still weak.

We are at about 12000BC, and can reliably say that all inhabitable continents are inhabited. The evolution of different religions is rapidly accelerating. Druidry and Asatru are developing synchronously, and are in place all along Europe, into Asia, and partly into northern Africa south of Spain. Africa is largely shamanistic, and Earth Motherists still, though inklings of future voodoo exist. Northern Asia is mainly shamnistic. I'm unsure about southern Asia at this time, but I expect it to be mainly polytheistic. North America is largely shamanistic, but some groups (the Inuit, for one), are polytheistic. South America is shamanistic, with some areas of polytheism. Oceania I am also unsure of, sorry. Australia is probably largely Shamanistic.

6000BC

Hinduism has been verifiably proven to exist at this point, although it most likely existed earlier as well. Zoroastrianism is around, possibly, along with Jainism, and some others. Druidry and Asatru still hold sway over Europe, parts of Asia, and parts of Africa, and will do so until the time of the Roman protectoratisms. Again, I am sorry about Asia and Oceania. Australia is still shamanistic, and will remain so until the European colonization. North America is the same as before, but South America's polytheism has been growing, with proto-Mayan, Incan and Aztec religions growing in popularity.



I will continue later. This is getting very complex and I need a break. If I am wrong, please let me know!
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the oldest evidence of Spirituality predates Humanity with the Neandertal... there may be some evidence for spiritual thought in H.erectus, but its still being debated.

That puts 'religion' at 200,000 years old (H. neandertalis) to over one million years old (H.erectus)

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I once saw a huge poster that had the Chronological Order of all major world Religions... I should have bought it then, because I haven't seen it since.


Anyway.... here's a very simple one that seems to be unbiased (some sites I looked at put there religion as the oldest whether it was true or not): http://www.sacred-texts.com/time/origtime.htm
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For Christianity: http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQ...xian_index.htm

For a smattering of world religions:
http://www.letusreason.org/Cult11.htm
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the oldest evidence of Spirituality predates Humanity with the Neandertal... there may be some evidence for spiritual thought in H.erectus, but its still being debated.

That puts 'religion' at 200,000 years old (H. neandertalis) to over one million years old (H.erectus)

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judaism's about 3000 years old...give or take...so we're up there
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I once saw a huge poster that had the Chronological Order of all major world Religions... I should have bought it then, because I haven't seen it since.


Anyway.... here's a very simple one that seems to be unbiased (some sites I looked at put there religion as the oldest whether it was true or not): http://www.sacred-texts.com/time/origtime.htm
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http://www.parthenongraphics.com/




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This only goes back to 300 B.C

http://religion-cults.com/Overview/chronology.htm

3000 BC:...Animism... Spiritism... Witchcraft... Divination... Ancestors...Yang- Yin... Hindus

2000 BC: ABRAHAM
1600 BC: Egypt (1600-1200)
1500: MOSES (Bible)-Hindu VEDAS.
1000: David, Solomon-Assyria (Ninive).
700: Isaiah... Upanishads (Hindus).
660: SHINTO (Japan).
628: Zoroaster... Chaldea (Babylonia).
604: Daniel... TAOISM (Lao Zi).
599: Jainism.
551: CONFUCIANISM (Kongzi).
528: BUDDHISM- Persia (536-330).
270: Emp. Asoka of India, converts to Buddhism.
330: Greece (330-146).
200: Ramayana... Mahabaratha-Gita.
146: Maccabees (174-134)- Syria, Damascus Rome (146 BC- 476 AC).


0-33 JESUS CHRIST- CHRISTIANS. Catholic Church, with "Peter".


1 AC: Buddhism in China
50-150 AC: Christian New Testament.
313 AC: Christianity, the Official Religion of the Roman Empire... Mayas (300-800).
550: Buddhism in Japan.
610: KORAN REVEALED TO MOHAMMED- Tantrism, with "mantras" (Hindus).
622: The "Hegira": Mecca to Medina.
632: Abu Bakr succeeds Mohammed.
685: "Shi'te" movement of Islam.
691ome of the Rock built- Buddhism. in Tibet- Zen Buddhism in China.
1054: CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX Schism- Incas (1000-1500).
1096: First persecution of Jews in Europe.
1135: Moses Maimonides (Jew).
1300: Bhakti Hindus.
1467: SIKHISM (Nanac).
1492: Jews out of Spain- America Discovered.
1517: MARTIN LUTHER, Protestant Reform - Aztecs (1400-1500).
1518: (Reformation). Ulrich Zwingli.
1534: Church of England. Henry VIII.
1536: Calvinism. J. Calvin (Presbyterians).
1545-63: Council of Trent, of the Catholics.
1560: Presbyterians. John Knox.
1582: Congregationalism. Robert Brown.
1605: Baptists. John Smith.
1620: Episcopalians. Samuel Seabury.
1717: FREEMASONRY, Tavern of London.
1744: Methodists, John and Charles Wesley.
1774: Unitarians, Theophilus Lindsay.
1818: Adventists. William Miller.
1829: Mormons. Joseph Smith.
1844: Baha'ism. Nirza Ali Muhammed.
1848: Spiritualism. Sisters Fox.
1852: Jehovah's Witnesses. Charles Russell.
1865: Salvation Army. Michaelis Jones.
1870: Vetero-Catholics. Doelinger.
1875: Theosophy. Petrovna Blavatsky.
1879: Christian Science. Mary Baker.
1900: Pentecostals. Charles Pelham.
1915: Rosicrucians. Spencer Lewis.
1919: COMMUNISM. Marx, Lenin.
1934: Worldwide Church of God. Armstrong.
1935: est (Erhard Seminar Training). Ehrhard.
1936: Moonies, Unif. Church. Sun M. Moon.
1944: Silva Mind Control. Jose Silva.
1947: New State of Israel.
1954: Scientology. Lafayette R. Hubbard.
1960: Rajmeesheism. Bhagwan R. Rajneesh.
1965: Hermandad Pio X. Cardinal Lefevbre- Transcendental Meditation. Maharishi.
1966: Hare Krishnas. B. Prabhupada.
1969: Children of God. David "Moses" Berg- Palmar de Troya. Clemente Dominguez.
1962-65: Council Vatican II, of the Catholics.
1988: A woman-priest, in U.S. Episcopal.
1991: Religious freedom granted in USSR.
1993: Waco, Branch Davidian Cult killing.
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