posted on Sep, 6 2006 @ 02:48 PM
I think I should elaborate a bit on the opinion I posted:
A bit of history, as the archeologists dug it up--Before the advent of "civilization" (More & more I think of that word in looser terms), there was
religion but it wasn't organized. During those times, yes, there were still conflicts between nomadic tribes, but it was more an issue of
"territory"...Whose territory was better suited & resourceful enough to promote survival.
It was when the first cities began popping up, that's when religion "organized" itself & started taking control of even the secular issues of the
time; Recall the history of Mesopotamia, where religion controlled everything from farmwork to political policy with neighboring Mesopotamian
Another example was Egypt (barely after Mesopotamia when "civilization" sprouted); Religion was in direct control of everything. Even Pharoah
himself was considered to be a living incarnation of a god & he was also the Chief Priest over all the country. However, even Pharoah was bound by
the religion to see to secular needs, but it was for the purpose of keeping his people prosperous; It was his "divine duty" to take care of the
nation & its people as a whole. Egypt was the first civilization to accomplish that...Mesopotamia remained as a collection of independant
City-States, but Egypt was the first to become a unified Nation.
Still, the wide-spread conflicts of ancient times didn't involve anything more than individual tribes, with their alliances & enemies to deal with;
Only after "religion" came to organize did it dominate secular concerns & pit nation against nation.
This is the main reason that I consider myself among the Faithful, but I avoid "organized" religion with a passion.
[edit on 6-9-2006 by MidnightDStroyer]