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Memetics. Shattering the Sacred Myths - Analysis of Ancient Beliefs. Outlines the historical patterns behind the formation of the traditional religions.

Shattering the Sacred Myths - Analysis of Ancient Beliefs

As animals evolved, their senses sharpened to collect more information from their surroundings. Their brains made good use of this information by forming a rough mental picture of the world around them. Animals needed more than just blind instinct, they needed a mental picture of their situation in order to make limited predictions about what might happen in the next moment. As the brains of our ancestors evolved to become larger, they developed the potential to stretch their imaginations to encompass a much wider and more detailed picture of the world. Speech allowed them to share their perceptions with others. Our natural instincts evolved over millions of years to control the balance between how much we cooperate and how much we compete against those around us. Communal beliefs Life after death Judaism The people of Israel no longer needed such a strong central authority to enforce the laws. Christianity. God would be an atheist: Why. Church of Reality.

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Welcome to the Real World. The Church of Reality is a positive force for change and you can be part of it. You can help make it happen. There is a lot of material here. We hope you will invest the time to read it. Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia, the free en. Countries with death penalty for the crime of apostasy Apostasy in Islam (Arabic: ردة‎ riddah, literally means: "relapse" or "regress" but usually translates to "apostasy", or ارتداد irtidād) is commonly defined in Islam as the rejection in word or deed of one's former religion (apostasy) by a person who was previously a follower of Islam.

Apostasy in Islam - Wikipedia, the free en

Variety of viewpoints[edit] In medieval times, several Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence held that apostasy by a male Muslim is punishable by death, differing on whether to execute the apostate immediately or grant the apostate an initial opportunity to repent and thus avoid penalty. Medieval Islamic scholars also differed on the punishment of a female apostate: death, enslavement, or imprisonment until repentance. Abu Hanifa and his followers refused the death penalty for female apostates, supporting imprisonment until they re-embrace Islam. Scriptural references[edit] Qur'an[edit] Qur'an Surah 4. Hadith[edit] "2171. "(4152) 'Abdullah (b. * On Believing. Introduction When one samples U.S. media, it is difficult to avoid noticing the large and increasing number of public issues that have a religious angle. Creationism, intelligent design, prayer in schools, the debate over evolution, and many other similar issues basically represent a collision between religious and secular outlooks.

And it is clear that this conflict is not calming down, unfortunately quite the opposite — the perception that individuals belong to one camp or the other, with no common ground, is increasing. One goal of this article is to take a careful look at religious belief — who believes, what they believe, and with what consequences in the personal and political spheres. The results may surprise you. Some Statistics Religious Somewhat Religious Somewhat Secular Secular Don't know, refused to answer Evolution is well-supported by evidence Evolution is not well-supported by evidence Don't know enough to reply No opinion Different or no opinion No Opinion Creationism and evolution.

Christians attack hominids in Kenya museum. Hominid fossils from the National Museum of Kenya Credit: Lillian Omariba/AFP NAIROBI, Kenya, 9 September 2006: The debate between scientists and conservative Christians over evolution has hit Kenya, where an exhibit of one of the world’s finest collections of early hominid fossils is under threat.

Christians attack hominids in Kenya museum

As the famed National Museum of Kenya prepares to re-open in 2007 after massive European Union-funded renovations, local evangelicals are demanding the display be removed or at least shunted to a less prominent location. The Origins of Man exhibit, comprised of prehistoric finds from around Africa’s Great Rift Valley considered by many to be the cradle of humanity, is offensive as it promotes Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, they say.

“When museums put it out there that man evolved from apes, theologically they are affecting many people who are Christians, who believe God created us,” said Bishop Boniface Adoyo, who is leading a campaign against the exhibit.