There were religions in Africa that have roots older than Judaism and Hinduism, those are just established religions. One must remember that humans lived mostly tribal communities, in our distant past.
In General, I agree, many niche 'religions' or cultural practices & practitioners existed long before, which was nothing less than primitive scientists experimenting and wooing the crowd with their potions, shiny rocks and voodoo-woodoo.
The 'evolution' of these scientific practices gave way to terms of sorcery, majik, demons, ba`alism, etc. expounding sensationalism to unprecedented levels. In the height of Moshe's quest, Egypt, much of North Africa and South East Asia were engulfed mysticism. Nearly half of the practices of this crossroads remained with the Hebrews throughout their desert exile. Oddly, half a planet away, these same things were said to be happening in South America.
Many scientist would agree with you about all people began in Africa and many religious type would just ignore it.
The African Y part DNA is in everyone on earth, until someone can prove they do not have the Y DNA. The KKK better shut up about the dark skin people , or they will putting a gun to their own (part black) heads.
christianity is the pure form of this sect. Catholicism in my eyes is a derivitive of christianity. I (this poster's g/f) am Irish catholic. As you know there are different sects of catholicism as well, Irish catholic, roman catholic, italian-roman catholic...etc.....so no christianity and catholicism are not the same. If you are one you could be the other but not always. --Jenn
Bless you for thinking that there are different forms of Catholic. Irish, Italian, English, African Catholics are all part of the same church, and are not different religions. They are all headed by the Vatican first and foremost. Catholicism, which means Universal, came about when Rome converted to Christianity which it then spread around the world. Catholicism was always Christianity. Modern, new-world Christianity came about some 1,700 years later.
@Castle, we don't have proof that Homo sapiens originated in Africa. Evidence suggests this, but that's not proof. And 200,000 years ago is the current anthropological "minimum." The age of humanity could be far greater. Thirty years ago, anthropology said humanity was 50,000 years old. In thirty years of digging, humanity has gained 150,000 years! Of course, it was laying there all this time -- undiscovered. What else is undiscovered?
I have evidence that the Bible has a timeline compatible with those of science. The Ussher timeline (4004 BC) was too literal and the Bible is far more than a literal book.
The real meaning of the outrageous longevity of the early patriarchs and the incredible protection God affords a liar and a murderer (Cain) mean something else entirely. Genesis 5:2 shows us that Adam is both male and female (all of humanity). These are clues to a deeper wisdom. And it might be that Noah's Flood occurred 27,970 BC and Adam (the first humans) appeared on Earth as early as 10,434,130 BC.
@Joelle Burnette, not all religions were created for control or for a defense against fear of the unknown. Those that did were borne out of continuity-bound reality.
True spirituality is superior to the realm of continuity. In fact, spirit, as the source of creation, is the foundation upon which science is built. Without a created universe, science would have nothing to study.
How would you know that clear, about the 99% unknown Universe, which I could call, spiritual
We don't even know about the 99% earth's mass, which is 6 km underneath our feet.
Is that hot stuff, called hell? Or was it Sheep herders who came across a volcano’s, that seem like a lake of fire. Or just threw criminals down a pit and set them on fire, like in the bible. (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17) ... the city garbage pit where nothing lives but fire and worms
From the ones mentioned I would guess Hinduism, then Buddhism, then Christianilty only because I think Catholism didn't start until Constantine acepted Christianity abt 300, then Catholism, then Islam abt 600a.d., then Protestantism which most people call Christianity.
I do not think anyone actually knows that answer. Even according to the Bible some belief in God had to exist before such a book was written. The same may be true for any other belief before it ever was written down and any record kept. Its like trying to describe a dinosaur and not even having a bone to start with. Yet they were never even called dinosaurs until the early eighteen hundreds. Oddly enough the word dragon or its variations has been around forever and is used in cultures around the World but they do not exist, unless that was what they called dinosaurs then.
Of the ones listed (Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam), Hinduism was earliest by far.
Judaism may have the oldest calendar, traditionally, but Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah) claims to go all the way back to Adam -- the beginning of humanity. And according to my exegetical research, that's 10.5 million years ago -- all the way back to the Miocene Epoch. No proof of this, except a biblical interpretation, but anthropologists have lots of earth yet to dig up.
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