Cosmological Dualism In Religion

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Thousands of years ago, our ancestors would look up at the stars glowing in the night sky wondering what lies beyond our small, self-contained little world and to this day “Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims” (Wells n.p.). Many people did not understand the world during that time period so they tried to make an understanding of the world through religion. During this time period, religion shows resemblance to early cosmology as “Both dialectical dualism and eschatological dualism have a basically cosmological function - explanation of the structure of the universe” (Dualism n.p.). Many civilizations all across the world worshiped gods that came from the sky or stars. What if these gods were actually…show more content…
Their technology could seem like magic to us or God like. Could this be why the Egyptians, Inca, and Mayans are all interested astronomy? Or is it because they know they were not alone and that “the essential function of any religious dualism is obviously ontological - to account for a duality of opposed principles in being, even when the two principles are not regarded as coeternal: this underlines the cosmological-cosmogonic, anthropological, and sociological functions and expressions of dualism” (Grinspoon n.p.). Early civilizations were just trying to make understanding of the world and how it worked; that is why we see ancient religions with many gods that could be human or animal like. What if “God was an extra-terrestrial? What do we mean when we say that heaven is in the clouds? From Jesus Christ to Elvis Presley, every culture tells us of high-flying bird men who zoom around the world creating magnificent works of art and choosing willing followers to share in the eternal glory from beyond the stars. Can all these related phenomena merely be dismissed as coincidence?” (Däniken
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