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teknomanzer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-02-10 05:49 PM
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25. That was the fact that quarantined the religious virus...
I never found the historical Jesus but I did find many similar dieing and resurrecting gods from the western end of the Mediterranean to the Levant. I also discovered the great diversity of Christianity in ancient times. This lead me to do something really off the charts - I started looking into other religions! It was all so fascinating to me I had to dig deeper. I started reading Huston Smith, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung among others. And then came "The God Gene." Everything clicked and I had a greater understanding of spirituality, mythology, ritual, and dogma. "God" I understood (and as many here may have already deduced) is the anthropomorphic projection of ourselves and our evolutionary archetypes onto the natural world.

A person's view of god is a damn good way to determine that person's world view. Is god angry, judgemental, vengeful, and unforgiving? If you know someone who thinks so you are likely dealing with a person who typifies those traits.

I believe that religion and dogma are sophisticated viral memes which make entire populations of people very easy to manipulate and control. Religion makes use of powerful evolutionary archetypes which are understood at the most basic level, down to the reptilian brain. Such archetypes are understood through emotion rather than reason. That is the essence of a religious "mystery." Thumb through Revelations and you will bombarded with the most powerful and frightening archetypes. Its a really bad acid trip at best. The problem with revelations is that without the context behind those images there can be very little undestanding of its meaning, but if you provide your OWN context you can use it to scare people -- behold the wrath of God! Do as we say and you will be the among the elect chosen by God to be spared. Powerful stuff.
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