Fear Of An Angry God

It is a Sunday so why not do a post on something religious?  Since I need something to write about that does not involve having to watch the news I have decided that civilization was a good place to start….

Since this has a religious overtone about it……it oughta get those juices flowing on a lovely Sunday morn……

I know my readers like my historical perspectives and others find it tedious….for those that appreciate the history thank you and for those that find it tedious……don’t worry knowledge only hurts for a little while and you will eventually get over it……

The mainstream guys say that civilization began about 5000 years ago….most say it was along the Tigris and the Euphrates…..but what was the reason that they , the ancients, decided to come together and work together to form a society?  Was it trade or maybe agriculture….or something more deep?

There is a post that could answer these questions……

The belief in all-seeing and punitive gods may be a huge factor in how modern civilization came to be. So report researchers in the journal Nature after studying nearly 600 individuals from eight communities, including plant cultivators on the South Pacific island of Tanna, wage laborers on Fiji and in Brazil, herders and wage laborers in Siberia, and East African hunter-gatherers. Using a behavioral game involving a cup and dice, the researchers found that people were more likely to reward strangers in a distant land over themselves if they thought their actions were being monitored from on high. That proved especially true if the strangers shared their religious beliefs. The upshot is that these beliefs make people more likely to cooperate with those outside their immediate social circles, and perhap explains how “far-flung peoples” came together, say the researchers in a press release.

“A large part of the success of human civilizations may have lain in the hands of the gods, whether or not they are real,” writes an evolutionary biologist in Nature. As Science News explains, this tendency to cooperate with strangers would have had huge implications starting about 10,000 years ago as primitive communities began to have more contact with each other. In the study, the stronger the belief in a punishing god, the greater the likelihood was for rewarding distant strangers, reports ABC Science. The researchers theorize that this is why Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism, all of which include what Science News calls “divine discipline,” have spread so successfully. Their adherents made sure to work with each other.

Fear?  It works  well for war…..and for religion……