Origins of Religions

This article is a brief introduction to the origins of the major world religions. This article is primarily based upon the findings presented in 5.5 of ‘How It Was In Reality’ (0). This article serves as a useful reference paper for a timeline of religions.

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A Concise Timeline of Religion

‘Ancestor Worship’ by Lauren Gary

The oldest form of religion is ancestral worship. This may be the only religion we know about which predates Ancient Christianity. Ancient Christianity was created and adopted during and around the time of Christ in the 12th century.

This Ancient Christianity flourished originally as the Royal Christianity and later as became known under two distinct branches; Royal and Apostolic. These two types of Christianity spread throughout the Great Empire. Ancient Christianity splintered in the 15th-16th centuries into the major religions that we know today; Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Catholicism.

Orthodox Christianity

‘Byzantine Cross’

Orthodox Christianity likely resembles the original ancient Christianity of the 12th-14th centuries more than the rest of the other major religions. According to a 2010 Pew Research Center study (1), it is estimated that about 12% of Christians in 2010 were Orthodox, compared to an estimated 20% of Christians in 1910 as being Orthodox. Most of these Orthodox Christians between 1910 and 1920 lived in Europe.

Islam

‘Islamic Star and Crescent’

Islam in its early stages also remained similar to Ancient Christianity. Both Orthodox Christianity and Islam were originally highly ascetic, and today still are in some areas.

Buddhism

‘Buddhist Wheel of Law’

Buddhism is the main reflection that can be seen in countries throughout the Eastern nations. Hinduism also falls into the Eastern category.

Judaism

‘Star of David’

Judaism was originally a form of the Royal Christianity. It can both found in the West and the East. However, the original Judaism went through drastic changes before obtaining the final form of which we see today.

Catholicism

‘Catholic Church Narrow Cross’

Catholicism stems from the original religion and was mainly in West. The ancient bacchanalian Greek and Roman gods represent the Catholic Church of the 1400s-1600s. One result of their behavior were the large outbreaks of disease across Western Europe. These were named venereal diseases after the Roman goddess of love Venus. Catholic, or Capholic, used to refer to the entire Empire, but throughout the 1500s-1600s, the use of this name shifted to refer only to Western Europe.

The Rest of the Religions

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The rest of the religions splintered from these 5 main religions; Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Catholicism.

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‘The Evolutionary Tree of Religion’ (4)

According to the Quora (3), there are now over 4,200 recognized religions across the world. According to ‘The Evolutionary Tree of Religion’ (4), all religion stems from animal worship. It claims that animism was the only religion from 10,000-100,000 year back. The ‘Tree’ shows Buddhism starting in 520BC, Islam starting in 620AD, Judaism starting in 950AD, Orthodox Christianity starting in 1054AD with Catholicism. These dates are largely based upon the dates established by the chronology which was compiled in the 1600s, which has shown to be highly erroneous.

The true origin of religions may be represented more accurately by the chart found in my primary resource. I have translated the chart into English so that the non-Russian reading English readers may quickly understand its contents.

Origin chart found @ (4)

As is seen above, the ancient Christianity is the original religion. The only known religion prior to that is the worship of ancestors. Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Catholicism fracture off from the root Christianity, only acquiring their final forms after the start of the 1500s. These five religions, based upon the ancient Christianity, give way to many hundreds of which we see today.

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References:

(0) – http://chronologia.org/en/how_it_was/05.html#the5

(1) – http://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/08/orthodox-christianity-in-the-21st-century/

(2) – https://www.quora.com/How-many-different-religions-are-there-in-the-World

(3) – https://www.worldreligionnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/85acb7827abdbd83b2580f173ee2e784.jpg

(4) – http://chronologia.org/kak_reconstruction/im/047.jpg

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