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Mikeee
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10/30/2011 1:21:42 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Why is religion of today, as it is?

Like ancient civilizations and ancient empires, religion goes in cycles.

1. Emergence/Creation
2. Acceptance
3. Death of figurehead
4. Persecution (sometimes)
5. Development of influential state
6. Split (sometimes/sometimes after death of figurehead)
7. Acceptance of new faith
8. Re-emergence/reform (Modernized religion)

Between steps, the religion changes (sometimes by only small details or sometimes whole concepts). Do you think that all religions (or most) go through this cycle, and if so, how do you think each step brings change to the faith?
Man-is-good
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10/30/2011 2:09:04 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Are you applying the framework of the history of early Christianity as a standard for the history of religion?
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." --Terence

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Mikeee
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10/30/2011 2:41:57 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/30/2011 2:09:04 PM, Man-is-good wrote:
Are you applying the framework of the history of early Christianity as a standard for the history of religion?

When I wrote it, I was thinking more about Islam, but Christianity works too...
logicrules
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10/31/2011 4:36:44 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 10/30/2011 1:21:42 PM, Mikeee wrote:
Why is religion of today, as it is?

Like ancient civilizations and ancient empires, religion goes in cycles.

1. Emergence/Creation
2. Acceptance
3. Death of figurehead
4. Persecution (sometimes)
5. Development of influential state
6. Split (sometimes/sometimes after death of figurehead)
7. Acceptance of new faith
8. Re-emergence/reform (Modernized religion)

Between steps, the religion changes (sometimes by only small details or sometimes whole concepts). Do you think that all religions (or most) go through this cycle, and if so, how do you think each step brings change to the faith?

No