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Will Modern Religions Become Future Mythology?

Updated on March 8, 2008
Mt. Olympus home of the Greek Gods
Mt. Olympus home of the Greek Gods

Mythology

For the most part, mythology is the study of the myths and stories of a past culture and civilization. These past cultures tended to use the supernatural events and beings to explain the creation of life and the causes of natural events.

These cultures used the supernatural beings and events as a form of religion.

  • The Egyptians believed that Atum created the gods and then humans, animals, and plants.
  • The Greeks believed that Erebus and Love created Day and Night and then Gaea (the earth); Gaea produced Uranus (the universe), and together they gave birth to the 3 Cyclopes, 3 Hecatoncheires, and 12 Titans, which was just the start of the creation of the gods and mankind.
  • The Romans had a similar creation story of the Greeks.
  • The Norse believed that the earth hardened and froze, and as the ice began to thaw a cow shaped object, Audhumbla, was formed. Audhumbla survived by licking the ice, but where he was licking man's hair appeared after one day and a head on the second. On the third day the man was fully formed; this man was known as Buri, and he was the first to begin populating the people.

You can see that for the most part, on the exception of Greek and Roman mythology, the stories are wide and varied.

Modern Religion

Modern religion is not as wide and varied as past religions and beliefs, but they are still varied, nonetheless. Different cultures and countries have their own beliefs about God, or gods, and the creation of civilization.

The more popular religions of today's society include Judaism, Catholic, Baptist, Protestant, Hindi, and a few other religions.

Yes, we see people practicing Scientology and a few other newer religions, but for the most part the majority of today's society practices the older, more traditional religions, just not quite the old Egyptian stories and beliefs.

Currently, modern religion, no matter what specific religion, is going strong and growing. You see reborn Christians and newly converted Catholics and Jews every day.

People who grow up atheist and agnostic even change their beliefs, usually after an life changing event, but it's possible and it happens all the time.

But, is it here to stay?

Jedi
Jedi

Future of Today's Religion

Modern religion is strong.... Today, but will Christianity Judaism, Hinduism, and the other popularly practiced religions stick around?

Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Norse beliefs faded away, what will stop "modern" religions from fading to a newer religion?

I'm not speaking in terms of ten to twenty years. I'm thinking more along the lines of thousands of years. Granted this is all under the assumption that the world is still prospering in thousands of years.

  • Will we see a decline in today's religions over the next thousands of years?
  • With today's Christianity be replaced by Scientology, the Jedi Religion, or some other crazy religion that pops up?
  • Will modernized religions be replaced by cults?

What do you think? Give your thoughts and opinions below.

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      Medicmikee 

      6 years ago

      The human race is in its adolescence and will not reach maturity until it can stop relying on invisible parents.

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      Shane M Lemkay 

      6 years ago

      If you look at all of those old 'mythologies', their religions were surplanted by something newer - sometimes suddenly in the case of being conquered or a 'fall of civilization' - and a new idea - usually whoever is the conqueror or the new powerful civilization - so the old religion becomes 'old folklore'... Hopefully, due to books and knowledge preservation, our modern society's knowledge would not be completely lost so the mainstream religions must diminish but never completely fall into folklore realm. The modern Abramic religions have absorbed and survived +1000-3000 years of competing ideas, the eastern religions have done likewise, over a wide territory. Not to be derogatory, Europe's North, Greek penninsula, Italian penninsula, and the Egyptian river delta are very SMALL areas of the world, relatively speaking.

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      Axel Xirics 

      6 years ago

      Honestly? Religion will actually fade away throughout time, just like any other religion did, i am Atheist, and i have no problem with beliefs, but religion? Please, religion won't be here to stay just like any other cult's, that's right, religion's are just cult's. Oh and please don't get me started with all sort's of stuff like, "You will burn in hell!!!" or "God will turn his back on you.", grow up and open your eyes people, religion is just another way to manipulate people through various supernatural stuff, it's human nature to follow the unexplainable. Let me tell you something.

      Truth is a lie. There is only one reality.

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      Ante Rajic 

      7 years ago from Croatia

      Love the way you think, voted beautiful :-)

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      syras mamun 

      9 years ago

      vert interestiong topic.In fact history suggests the modern religion of becoming myth,but nothing is sure as we all know, there will be possibilty of merging of all religious faith into a unanimous religion.

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      thromomafromdatra 

      9 years ago

      I'm new around here... I read too much and I like to like people. I talk to people. I have a feeling... there's too many religions. Who's to say any of them are wrong. Aren't we all connected in one way or another?? Nobody can agree on much, separation of church and state.. which is good in a way, but they (politicians) can't agree either.... what do you think would happen if in order to save the world due to global warming or war or anything, we ALL had to sing the same song???? Do you think people of all religions... ALL PEOPLE.. could do that???? People are starving, people are killing their families and themselves, killing little children, our children get hooked on drugs, steal, kill.... Read Dr. Raymond Moody, Jr's books. True research, found in the Occult Section of my local library. "Saved by the Light" with Dannion Brinkley is in same section. It was made into a movie. Out of 80 million near death experiences, only 20 million reported a near death experience... according to guidelines. What happened to the other 60 million people? Talk about seeing over the next several centuries??? I'll be happy to get past 2012. This is all very unusual.

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      Windstorm 

      9 years ago

      Religion is here to stay. Period.

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      Anonymous 

      9 years ago

      The world today is seeing a complete change as we become more globalised. As a result we are witnessing the final so-called "Clash of Civilisations." What we have to look forward to in the next thousand years is the creation of a global civilisation and culture. As all religions are an outgrowth of the accepted mythological foundation of a culture, expect to see, over the next several centuries, a universal religion born out of the dominant religions of today. My guess is that as education becomes more universally available, more and more people will explore faiths other than the ones in which they were reared.

      Over the course of the next century, expect to see a decline in the number of active adherents to the major religions. While many will still identify themselves as Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, etc., this will be more a cultural identification than one of a proclamation of belief.

      Within a few centuries, while religions will still function as institutions, they will not be recognizably so as they are today. Philosophy as a way of life rather than religion will become the norm and I expect secular humanism to be most prevalent.

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      Kabalah 

      10 years ago from Hong Kong

      Just wanted to add to that:

      All current religions have one core element in them - they are searching for answers which they believe god will give them - which in a way is not that different to what the "old religions" believed.

      We all search for answers in our life, for guidance and for some meaning in things we cannot see meaning right away - and that is one thing I find hard to believe can be replaced by science giving answers....

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      Kabalah 

      10 years ago from Hong Kong

      This truly is an interesting question. Will today's religions (the new religions) face the same fate as their older siblings?

      I guess to some extend I have to agree AEsirHM, because the "old" religions are not dead - they have just not been actively spread for many centuries.

      Will this also happen to Christianity, Buddism or Hinduism? I guess, that in a few more centuries other beliefs will emerge - science is even now solving more and more of the mysteries formerly explained through faith - and that could be one of the reasons why in a few hundred years, a new belief could be born. A belief, that does not look for answers to unsolved questions, but maybe rather the origin of the human's capability to have solved the mysteries of the past.

      Surely the "socia-religions" such as Scientology will always draw in followers who are obssesed with a trend (really do not mean to offend anyone here...but for me this form is religion is based on a fashion trend, as many celebrities have joined such "sects").

      But the fundamental religions will always remain in one form or another. People even today still worship Mother Nature and explain the seasosn turning with her mood - although science has already delivered an answer to this. Why do people still believe this? I would go out on a whim here, but I would say, that because they don't (or don't want to) believe the explenation given by science... ... and as long as people exist, who feel this way, so long there will be religion.

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      AEsirHM 

      10 years ago from Virginia, United States

      These religions have not simply died off. Missionaries went to those places and changed the localbelief systems, but they still survuived. I am Asatru, which means I follow the old Norse Myths, and there are online communities where people who still practice these religions go to talk.  People often forget that what we call 'mythology' is someone elses religion, but become offended when that person calls christianity a mythology.  I call all religion myths, because a myth is a story someone may or may not believe that has no real proof to it.  Also, most myths froma religion come from another religion. Buri was not the first man, he was the first god. The first man and woman came before buri, and came from the sweat of the left armpit of the ice giant Ymir. (I have this whole story in one of my own hubs. check it out if you are interested.)

      As for the mythologies of the future, who can really say?  Only time will tell us that. But you can be sure these religions will not die as long as there are people that study them who recognize them as religions.

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      G@D 

      10 years ago from Almost Heaven WV

      A cook and a deep thinker ... you are very versatile. No wonder you have so many fans. Great hub.

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