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Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Jake1001, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. Jake1001

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    #1 Jake1001, Jan 9, 2021
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    Well unless you define Christianity with its trinity as monotheistic, "we" didn't become monotheistic at 24.3%.

    As for why that percentage occurred, my educated guess would be the strings attached charity of the large monotheisms combined with higher birth rates.
     
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    Logic
     
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    I read this in class. Christianity used monotheism as a politic device. We didn't get far into judaism since we studied art history.
     
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    If we look at the evolution of religious thought we see a strong correlation between the religious beliefs of a group and that groups base of knowledge about the world and the groups size and social complexity.

    In the smallest, pre-metal, hunter/gatherer societies we see animism as a way for these early peoples to explain that which is unknown. As peoples understanding of the world begins to become more sophisticated, ideas on the supernatural must adapt. Additionally, the rules and customs that are required for human beings to live together in some order begin to be integrated into developing religious myth systems. As small bands grow into multi-band tribal communities, which grow into city states, which grow into empires, religious beliefs and customs had to evolve and adapt to accommodate increasing complex social structures.

    So as society increases in size and complexity, we see the evolution from animism to shamanism, to polytheism, and on to anthropomorphic monotheism and more abstract ideas of a monotheistic entity. I think it can be argued the early ideas of monotheism were greatly influenced by the Hellenistic Age of Greek Philosophy.

    I would also say that later advocates for monotheism recognized that diverse beliefs in many different gods reinforced division and sectarianism. Advocating monotheism is a way to get everyone under the same religious umbrella, using the same associated morals, rules, and social customs, thereby creating a unified and uniform identity.

    I think this is exampled in the expansion of Christianity with the Emperor Constantine and his conversion of the Roman Empire, and also with Islam, were Muhammad campaigned and converted the Arabian peninsula from a dominant polytheism to a monotheism that Muhammad adapted to fit with culture of the Arabian peninsula.
     
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    damn.....there's that word...again
     
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    Animism: thousands of gods (or Kami), there's one behind every corner
    Polytheism: some fewer gods, but still a veritable big pantheon
    Henotheism: we only care about one god out of many
    Christianity: only 3 gods (who are really one)
    Islam: only one god

    I see a pattern.
     
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    IMO it makes the most sense to have 1 God that is "all powerful" and all that good stuff vs. having 3 or more supposedly equal and all powerful which by definition you no longer have an all powerful 1
     
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    Hi Daniel, you are clearly a gifted Christian poster. At 24.3% we reached the tipping point and all became monotheists. You are also a member of the Abrahamic DIR. Be careful over there, lots of sharks in that tank.
     
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    Hi Walter, you are clearly a gifted ex-Christian Scientist. Thank you for your deep analysis.
     
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    Hi Unveiled, you are clearly a brilliant non-theistic, non-religious poster. Art history is more interesting than religion.
     
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    Hi Mike, how are we doing dude ? You are clearly a genius poster. Your post is a bit long for the folks in this forum, but hang in there. We will review your post 1 paragraph at a time. Since you mention animism, lets go with that. Are we talking supernatural stuff ?
     
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    Hi Metis, your post is nice and short.
     
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    I so appreciate it when someone recognizes my gifts. You apparently even read my profile! I am ginormously flattered. If I may paraphrase Mrs. Gump: "Analysis is as analysis does". And a hearty "Good morning to you". (That last was my own, not Mrs. G's)
     
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    Are we all not genius posters in our own minds? :)

    Apologies for the long post, pithy and concise does not seem to be in my wheelhouse. :)
     
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    In an attempt to address "Why monotheism?", I felt it required an acknowledgement of why we hold any religious ideas. Essentially, religious ideas give explanation and meaning to all that remains unknown. At our most ignorant, it appears animistic beliefs are how we first attempt to explain the unknown.
     
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