The Big Story: Origins of Religion

The Big Story: Origins of Religion

Experience taught Stone Age people the difference
between what poisoned them and what satisfied their hunger. Their minds gathered empirical
realities necessary for survival. They did the best they could in drawing conclusions
about the world beyond them. They assumed that they were at the center of the universe,
which they saw as flat, small and under sky. They called themselves “the people” and thought
that strangers were creatures of another sort — less human than they.
They believed that if they ate the flesh of a strong beast they might acquire its spirit,
or if they ate a portion of the body of a leader who had died they might acquire his
special qualities. They assumed that the sun and moon they saw moving across the sky were
animate beings. A face of a dead person they knew and recognized in the peculiar shapes
on the face of a rock was associated with the living spirit of that person dwelling
within that rock. With no defined difference between spirit
and materiality, they believed that in preserving a corpse they were also helping to preserve
the spirit of one who had died. They believed that a body went limp at death because the
spirit that had been within it had left it for the invisible world of the spirits. They
felt no urge to meld these ideas of spirits and materiality into a consistent picture.
People correctly associated their own movement with their will, and they believed that all
movement was the product of will. They saw insects as moving by will. They assumed that
plants grew because of a will within. They saw the sun, moon and stars as closer than
they really were and as moving by will. For Stone Age people, will was spirit, and they
saw the world as filled with many spirits. Or, to use another word: gods. They saw gods
within everything that moved. There was a god within the wind and another god within
the rivers. A god in the ocean made the waters rush to the beach and then retreat. The sun
was a god. They saw their reflection in water and believed that what they were seeing was
their spirit. People attributed much that happened to the
spirits and to magic. Lightning, thunder, rain, the tides, procreation and fire were
all magic. And fire was not only a product of magic it was a manifestation of spirit.
Their view of the world came to them with invented stories. These were stories that
were told and accepted without recognition of a difference between fact and fantasy.
Every society had its stories about creation, each with a different twist.
Storytelling described their world in a way that they could understand. There were stories
of a god having created them out of earth and a story among others that they had been
created from the bark of a tree. An occasional exception to universal order might be described
as the work of a demon spirit, an evil of sorts. There were stories about evil and dread,
a story with a threatening demon of some sort producing more excitement than one without
danger. People believed that if the gods could perform
magic so too could they. The earliest form of religious ritual was an attempt at magic
through imitation — such as painting a face on the belly of a pregnant woman in hope that
the magic of the drawing would encourage birth. Hunter-gatherers were trying to get by rather
than to change their world. They tended to believe the world would always be as the gods
had made it. They had no sense of social progress or image of humanity’s capabilities beyond
their abilities. The imagination of those who had a biological potential for genius
and those of normal intelligence were limited by their culture.
Had it been otherwise, modern society would have appeared much sooner.

100 Replies to “The Big Story: Origins of Religion”

  1. How about I keep practicing my Catholicism anyway? I'm not hurting anyone, and I do believe it has helped me developed my own sense of morality.

  2. You really believe it's this simple Here's what's wrong with the video.. and might i add before i start rambling; i am not religious, nor an atheist.

    1.Western perspective of history: We made the historybooks and by any means, that's great and all. But this on behalf of so much shit. We went from continent to continent; writing down what we saw and what barerly could be explained and understood to us, we literally formed how to perceive and write history. What's wrong with that is, that out of lots of the cultures we visited, we wrote alot of their history. And with that, a lot of misunderstanding came with it. We have a linear timeline, in others they had a "circular". The way to write correct history, is by our norms, values, tradition etc. and maybe not their own. Bare this in mind…

    2. You generalize: And this can be right and wrong in so many ways.. The biggest and most followed religions today has ties to earlier religions. Christianity and Islam, talks about alot of the same things, but then again; we have a much earlier version that also talks about alot of the same things, ancient "Sumer" as an example. And if you payed attention in historyclasses you know that we go to the earliest source in these types of situation to find whatever "truth" we can find. So Sumer, to many, makes alot more sense than Christianity. There's ofcourse "magic men in the sky" but also the god*s* walked amongst the others as normal human beings in alot of these cases. But ofcourse there is always (more often) the part where they do some crazy shit, that you refuse to believe. Because you've never seen it yourself. Then how come you're so sure it didnt happen.. Personally, i think their religion makes more sense and is more realistic.

    3. Timelines: The video doesn't even show timelines. What sources is it backed up on? His atheistic beliefs? A supposedly "scientific" perspective?

    4. How can you judge religious text if you probably, never read it. Never understood it. You didn't really speak their language. And most importantly, you weren't there to see it yourself. You know yourself the texts are translated a gazillion times. Things change by that.. and what were supposed to be the truth isn't anymore.

    5. It's thousands of years old.. Maybe they actually wrote down what they saw, and wrote it in their perspective. As said, you weren't there..Which brings me to the next point.

    6. We certainly do not understand how alot of the ancient structures, still standing today, are actually made. There's thousands of assumptions but no one truly knows. Giant blocks, standing in Russia, Egypt, China, Scandinavia, wherever you go. Popular structures like Machu Picchu, Pyramids and also less "known" structures like "Dolmens" scattered through the continents.

    The same that build these, which we cant replicate in alot of cases; we call them "primitive" people.. Bare in mind those were the same that wrote alot of what people still read today. And us? We pretend like the historybooks don't change, like we didn't find out that alot of the things mentioned in, as an ex. the bible, actually happend; by using technology, science. But yes, religion and mythology were their own history and "science". But, what about a couple of thousands years ahead in the future? Are they laughing at us for our science and ways of performing it?

    And all that, is what really is an "open mind". If you just simply deny religion as being fact, you are then just as bad as the religious who denies your science

  3. 'The latter a partial fallacy
    Encouraged by superficial notions of evolution,
    'Distracted from distraction by distraction
    Filled with fancies and empty of meaning
    Tumid apathy with no concentration'

  4. The Bible predicted the future saying nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and look ww1 and ww2 but it said this is a beginning of stress and reports of war North Korea bombing USA

  5. If you're interested in learning about other religions in a cool new interesting way, check out Pray VR for the Google Cardboard When you download the app, you can choose from the world's major religions and then choose to visit their holiest locations.

  6. Good Story…. but its just a story with good art and audio.., that's all it is.. 🙂 It gives people mental relief so that they can go back to sinning again with peace of mind.. 🙂 Too bad soo sad that they will face the lord of the lords on the judgement day.. King Jesus who will banish them to hell for the sins they have committed.

  7. I believe there's an energy that regulates the functionality of the universe. You are free to call it God or anything else. But declining the fact that this universe is completely independent sounds strange.

  8. "The palaces of the powerful and the priests are full of gold; the huts of the wise are full of love and righteousness."

  9. "The human beings of Earth attribute to him as God the power and the might of Creation, and he is glorified and prayed to and worshipped in falseness."

  10. Many people blaming the religion for all the wrongs. Religion is only philosophy. Even scientists give theories. From knowing nothing to everything is a journey and we are still travelling. Many things still to be unveiled. Many stones yet to be unturned.

  11. Those who are on the know want you to think like that, you know they teach us in school that we are nothing more than a bag of skin, flesh and blood that evolved from a single cell over 3 billion years ago, and biological evolution that is the change in the gene pool of a population over time is responsable for the existance of us and everything in the universe, so basically you have no emotions, no free will you're here just to pass your DNA to the next generation, and this is a very very dangerous religion, i undrestand you made this video not to talk about history of religion cause quiet frankly you know nothing about you're just mocking religious people which is perfectly fine by me, i believe in God not in youtubers, if like you're saying there's no spirit and no emotions, matter only, how can you explain things like love, hate, innate knowledge of right and wrong? If you're brain is just a random collection of chemicals that was formed by chance over millions of years how on earth you're able to trust your own reasoning process and the thoughts that you think? Further adue if there's no God involved like you're saying, who made the universe? Matter? Is matter responsable for all of this? If the big bang produced hydrogin where do we get all of the other elements from? So what now Uranium, nitrogyn, hilium and co… evolved from Hidrogyn? Physicists say yeah that's how you get fusion and stars? Well first of all you can't fuse past iron, second thing if you want the stars to produce the elements you have the chicken and the eg problem, who came first? The elements to produce the stars or the stars to produce the elements you have a real problem here, there's whole lot of questions that are harder for you to answer. You sir are presenting a dying religion that's surviving on textsbooks dollars only, wanna talk about history here's a spoiler "God Did It !"

  12. Gods are in my case its a reason reason behind our life the basic reason behind gravity,air,sun reason behind everything we feel on earth..

  13. 1:40… Your own heart, blood and digestive system does not move through your own will. The people weren't correct. Autonomous nervous system. Gut bacteria. Gravity.

  14. I am a
    Christian and I am going to offer evidence that God exists, the Bible is the
    truth, and that Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life.  But I have two things to say first.


    1)There is evidence
    that Christianity is the truth but I will admit that believing in Jesus will
    always require a certain amount of faith.2)You have to be
    open to the possibility that God could exist and are looking for evidence.  If you believe God doesn’t exist because you
    don’t want him to then any evidence presented probably won’t persuade you.  

    The First Thing That Ever Existed:
    me ask you a question.  What is the first
    thing that ever existed?  Either the
    first thing that ever existed created itself and came from nothing or the first
    thing that ever was always existed and has no beginning.  But something that doesn’t exist cannot cause
    itself to exist.  It’s impossible.  Its literally the exact same thing as saying
    a t.v. that doesn’t exist created itself and caused itself to appear in my
    living room.  It’s irrational and it can
    not happen.  People made the t.v. and put
    it in the living room.  Never in the
    history of the universe has there been anything that has been scientifically
    observed to have created itself out of nothing. 
    There is a virtually unlimited amount of scientific evidence that things
    that already exist cause other things to exist. 
    The scientific proof is overwhelmingly on the side of things being
    created by things that already exist and not on the side of things that don’t
    exist causing themselves to exist. 
    Therefore it is only logical to conclude that there is something that
    always was and has no beginning.  God
    according to the Bible and Christianity is said to be a being that is eternal
    and has no beginning.  This claim is
    backed up by the evidence of logic that there has to be something that always


    The Return of Israel:
    132 A.D. Israel was defeated in the Bar Kokhba Rebellion against Roman
    rule.  The Romans drove the Jews out of
    Israel.  For almost 2,000 years the
    Jewish people were living in exile in foreign nations.  This is established historical fact.  In 1948 the nation of Israel was founded and
    became a nation again after almost 2,000 years. 
    This is a miracle.  No other
    nation in world history that has ceased to exist and been exiled has managed to
    become a sovereign nation again after such a long period of time.  The thing is it was predicted in the Bible
    over 2,000 years ago.  Ezekiel 37:21:  Then say to them, Thus says the Lord God:
    Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they
    have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own
    land.  In 1948 this prophecy was

    The End Times: Running to and Fro:
    12:4: But you Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of
    the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.  Has this happened?  Yes! 
    This was written in the age of horses and bows and arrows.  All you have to do is look at a highway and
    you will see many people running to and fro. 
    With the rise of the internet knowledge truly has increased.  This is a prophecy that has been fulfilled
    before our eyes and in a way hardly imaginable to ancient people.


    The Antichrist:
    the end times the Bible says there will arise a man controlled by the devil who
    will rule the whole world.  This man will
    demand worship and cause those who do not worship him to be killed.  Revelation 13:16-17: He causes all, both
    small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right
    hand or on their foreheads and that no one may buy or sell except one who has
    the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  This was written in ancient times when the
    world was not a globalized and connected place and such a thing would not have
    been possible.  In todays modern, global
    and interconnected economy money controls everything and I do mean
    EVERYTHING.  Controlling who can buy or
    sell this is ultimate power.  Nowadays
    without money you can’t do much.  In
    todays global and technological economy you can now see how such a thing may be


    Iran Attacks Israel
    Bible says that in the end times Iran and other nations will attempt to attack
    Israel and that God will supernaturally destroy their armies with fire and brimstone.  Ezekiel 38: 2-8: Son of man, set your face
    against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and
    prophesy against him, and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold I am against you
    O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. 
    I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with
    all your army, horses and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company
    with buckles and shields, all of them handling swords.  Persia, Ethiopia and Libya are with them all
    of them with shield and helmet.  (Iran
    was once known as Persia.  It is easy to
    see how Iran and other nations could attempt to invade Israel.)  The hatred of Israel by many Iranians is a
    very real thing.  It is not uncommon to
    hear people saying death to Israel in Iran. 
    Iran’s leaders have in the past expressed their desire to wipe Israel
    off the map.  Israel is currently
    surrounded by nations that hate it.) 
    Gomer and all its troops the house of Togarmah from the far north and
    all its troops-many people are with you. 
    Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your company that are
    gathered about you and be a guard for them. 
    After many days you will be visited. 
    In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back
    from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which
    had long been desolate, they were brought out of the nations, and now all of
    them dwell safely.  (This was fulfilled
    thousands of years after it was written in 1948 when the nation of Israel was
    founded and the Jews returned to their own land after living for centuries in
    other nations.)  This part of the
    prophecy has proven true and in todays political climate the situation does
    seem to be going in the direction of an eventual attack on Israel.  This should serve as evidence that the Bible
    is divinely inspired by God.


    The Existence of Ringwoodite:
    now believe there is 1 to 3 times the amount of water in the world’s oceans in
    the mantle of the Earth.  They know this
    because they have discovered a mineral called Ringwoodite that comes from the
    Earth’s mantle that actually has water inside of it.  In the Bible Job Chapter 38 is titled God
    Shows Job’s Ignorance.  In this chapter
    God talks to Job and shows him how little he actually knows.  Job 38:30: 
    The waters harden like stone, And the surface of the deep is
    frozen.  If you look at a picture of
    Ringwoodite it basically looks like a rock that is frozen.  Scientists now believe there is 1 to 3 times
    the amount of water in the world’s oceans in the mantle of the Earth.  They know this because they have discovered a
    mineral called Ringwoodite that comes from the Earth’s mantle that actually has
    water inside of it.  In the Bible Job
    Chapter 38 is titled God Shows Job’s Ignorance. 
    In this chapter God talks to Job and shows him how little he actually
    knows.  Job 38:30:  The waters harden like stone, And the surface
    of the deep is frozen.  If you look at a
    picture of Ringwoodite it basically looks like a glass like rock that looks
    like it is frozen.  Because of the high
    pressure inside of the Earth you can literally say that the water is frozen or
    trapped inside the rock.  Job 38:30 is
    literally an exact description of Ringwoodite. 
    Job 38:30 in the Bible is a verse where God is talking.  There is evidence that this knowledge came
    from God.  The Bible was written in
    ancient times when man couldn’t have possibly known about the existence of
    Ringwoodite and that 1-3 times the water in the oceans are in the Earth’s mantle.  It wasn’t until modern times that man has
    been able to scientifically prove these facts.


    The Fountains of The Great Deep:
    7:11: In the sixth hundredth year of Noah’s life in the second month, the
    seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep
    were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.  Skeptics of a global flood ever occurring
    might ask where all the water necessary to flood the entire Earth came
    from.  Scientists now believe that 1-3
    times all the water in the oceans exists deep inside the Earth in the
    mantle.  This does prove that in total
    Earth has enough water to cover all of the land and even the highest mountain.

  15. Were you there ? Doubt it . So everything you re saying is based on presupposition , inference , and you own assumptions . Ask Fred Flintstone

  16. One day, the thought of religion will be obsolete. I accept religion as part of the evolving minds of humans. Nonetheless, I hope in the next coming generations most humans evolve pass to believe such superstitions.

  17. yeah…. they know what the cavemen were thinking..all theory. no references either.

    If anyone chooses their worldview based on this short video and are truly confident, they are truly the lost. the very lost people they heartily mock.

    Jesus saves

  18. I believe my religion is the truth because it has many facts which are scientifically proven e.g(creation of man) and many more shocking things. People say Islam is not a true religion than explain THIS!!! *I don't want any hate comments*

  19. Believe what you want to but, dont knock other people from expressing their beliefs. I am a Congregational Catholic and I believe in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I feel lucky that I believe in and can pray/talk to a higher power. I believe and it is good for me. If you want to learn more about the church or Jesus, I always welcome that. However, i am happy with my God. I dont want to be made fun of any more than you do. You have the right not to be hurt or made fun of by believers but, please extend that same courtesy and dont try to tease people who believe differently than you. We can all open our minds and work together without arguing over who is right and who is wrong. We will only find that out at the time of our death. Lets work toward a better world of peace in life.

  20. this is poorly done and inaccurate. it takes some beliefs of some people and applies it to all early people. we don't know in any way what the various early people groups actually believed. but the generalizations here, and the misapplications, are just shockingly bad for something that has been "selected as one of the ted ed best". as a historian of religion this gets a total thumbs down for being misleading and highly inaccurate.

  21. For all y’all arguing about whether or not God is real just realize that religion is trying to answer a whole different question. It is asking a “Why”, not a “How”. So keep that in mind when you rail against your fellow humans. They have their reasons, you have your own. You reached differing conclusions. That is okay! Not everyone has to agree with you. But don’t apply the “How” question to the “Why” question. Or vice versa. It doesn’t work, and only sews confusion.

  22. I believe in God..

    As human beings are mortal .
    There is a lot of purpose why God made Human.
    Human being cannot ever understand the Purpose of the Creator.
    Christ is the only way for my life.
    Thanks 👍👍👍

  23. India is the spiritual centre in the world.
    Spiritual voyager, trip to Brahma Kumaris, Mount Abu, India

  24. No you are wrong . Read harivansha puran to understand the origins of religion . It can be a realisation through fire and yagya . And to assume that earlier humans were stupid is also stupidity .

  25. ORIGINS OF RELIGIONS point of view from atheism. Just have luck with believing in Molecular Coincidence. At the end all stars in the universe will have no fuel and die out and the universe will be dead, does that make sense???? Even Albert EINSTEIN believed in a God who has created the universe. Lets consider that you're not near the intelligence level of EINSTEIN soo zip it. Don't think beyond matters your brain can't handle.

  26. I cant even… im sad… im afraid of death idk what to do what is life when your dead?is it just pitch black? I really i ……

  27. Repent, you have sinned, repent, you have backslided, repent, turn to God thru Jesus. You arw a siner. Repent

  28. Is this shit serious? So much propoganda and ideology in this. The patronising view of 'primitive' society is laughable. It takes all modern categories as self evident truths. 'Fire isn't magic' !? Fuck you. Magic is a much better explanation of what fire/the universe IS (in its essence) than 'matter'.

    "If only hunter gatherers weren't happy being free and equal and controlling the society they lived in; while concieving of the world being based on a loving relationship with the universe and all things in it then we would have got the great point of a 'modern' capitalist society which is destroying literally everything sooner👍

  29. best video what i have seen. This tells the truth, someday we can learn more about universe and start tell facts not storys.

  30. You would think comparative mythology is not a thing.
    The comments make it seem like Religion is destroying the world, but contemporary science is saving it.

  31. Is this really truly an origin to Religion?
    Religion is the lesson and compass so we can fulfil our duty as God's children (but ofc we still can innovate, doing science and have work, not slowing down) so that one day we can be on God's side again in our righful place.
    While belief (not in general?) is what people (especially ancient people) believed and worshipped since they still did not understand what were those things and where they were from.

    Its okay if you dont believe in religion and havent experienced great things from it, but if you Do Not understand Anything about it, dont assume and judge~ 💓

  32. Oh! You!! The Rational Being!!!
    Please do rationalize your observation of the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the stars, the gravity, etc,.
    You will find the intelligent design and the precise dynamic organization of all the matter in the Universe. This kind of design cannot be a random self creation. This must be designed by someone or something outside the whole designed creations.
    All the matter has a limited and dependent nature. Each and every material or element or entity in this universe is dependent on so many factors. They are not self-sufficient. The matter in the Earth is undergoing constant decay or degradation. Even the Sun is limited and may end up by burning all the fuel in it. Therefore, the whole unit of all these matter with limited nature certainly would have had a beginning and will have an end. Imagine, while digging in your backyard, if you find a cubical box made of iron, what you could rationalize! The box would have been rusted and losing its shape and one day it will become dust and mix with the soil. The box must have been designed and kept by someone at some point of time after designing and creating it. Certainly, it would not have existed eternally there. 
    Similarly, the whole universe made of things of such limited nature cannot exist eternally.
    Even if you take life on Earth, imagine your own eyes. The eyes if need to self evolve with this kind of precise design of soft tissue to detect light radiation in the visible spectrum (RGB) and convert into signals to brain to decode the vision. The being which is self evolving should have been an intelligent being with complete knowledge on the spectrum of light and selecting particular range of spectrum and complete knowledge of soft tissue development to bring out an eye. Is it sensible to conclude that this could have been a self design and self evolution by natural selection or random selection? Nay! This must be a design of an entity outside this being. The entity is external with complete knowledge and precise calculation and must have ability to design and create anything it likes to create. The humans cannot redesign themselves and they just now gathering knowledge based on their observations & measurements with instruments having limitations to sense each & everything of object under observation. So, it is not necessary to express that they cannot tell anything of the unseen.
    Therefore, the rational and intellectual human beings are also limited like any other matter and life in this Universe. They are not self-sufficient and not eternal.
    But, the Designer and Creator is super intelligent & super powerful entity. If this entity is more than one, certainly there would be conflict and everything will collapse and this universe cannot be possible to function in this extraordinary dynamic organized way. Moreover, this entity cannot have the similar characteristics of the matter with which the limited Universe is created.
    Therefore, the Creator is one and also unlimited & eternal, with complete knowledge of everything, super powerful, self-sufficient and there is nothing co-equal to Him.
    This Creator only can tell us how to live in this world. It is not necessary for the Creator to provide Guidance. But, we humans do certainly need the Guidance. So, our Creator who is most merciful is giving us the Guidance by His mercy.
    The Guidance is a mercy by itself.
    This mercy, this Guidance has been given to the humans through prophets. Among them are few who came with scriptures containing the message from our Creator. All parts of this world during all times, would have had there prophets & messengers to communicate the Guidance of the Creator.

    Must watch 👆👆👆 concept and similarities of god in every religion. It's very inspiring.

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