While many do believe monotheism evolved from polytheism, there are some polytheistic religions with monotheistic overtones (History Stack Exchange 732). Given their interrelatedness, it would be an oversimplification to state that the number of gods each religion has is what differentiates one belief system from another. More accurately, while most polytheistic religions have differing accounts of how time and the universe began and was created, monotheistic religions believe that one supreme God, who is unique above all else, is the sole creator of all things, beings, the universe, the cosmos, literally everything in
Hinduism has grown to roughly 900 million followers. There are three great religions and Hinduism comes in third, after Christianity and Islam, even though it is the oldest religion. It began in 2500- 1500 B.C.E. inside the Indus Valley Civilization. There has been findings in the Harappa & Mohenjo Daro civilization, and today’s Pakistan.
Over the course of human history people have always believed in a supreme, divine being, or a god. Today’s society is no exception, there are countless of religions from Christianity to Hinduism. The archetypal theme of “respect for the gods” in both Homer’s Odyssey and the Coen brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou? shows similarities and differences between society's belief in a god in the present and during the time of the Ancient Greeks. A theme in both the epic and the film is: if one is respectful to the gods he will be helped, but if one is disrespectful he will be punished.
He belittles the important existence of Jesus’ resurrection and set all human beings on the same level as Jesus. However, in my opinion, if Jesus is a person having the same status with most of the human being, how can he be the load of us? If Jesus is not distinguishable from any ordinary people, it opposes the Christians’ mind as they worship Jesus as the Saint. Hanh gave no significant evidence to prove the above point. Hence, it is only a hypothesis his made under his Buddhist
It began as an element forming the ancient societies, it was indistinguishable from what is known as 'mythology ' in the present day and consisted of regular rituals based on a belief in higher supernatural entities who created and continued to maintain the world and surrounding cosmos. To this very day people are confronted with many philosophical questions regarding this belief and practice. It is a confrontation between the ones who believe and the ones who do not. As rational animals, humans are seeking meaning beings and always question everything. This process of seeking is what enables us to discover numerous scientific facts, laws, and theories as well as religions.
Hinduism and Confucianism are to very different religions. Hinduism hold much variety within its religion, and some consider Confucianism to be a philosophical system rather than a religion. Hinduism originated in India, and it has no individual founder. There is a belief in a divine reality in Hinduism, called Brahman. There are also many deities in Hinduism, but these deities are considered to be different facets of the divine reality.
This concept plays a central role in nearly all religions that employ it and is sometimes dependent on the existence of a God. However, not all religions that employ the concept of an afterlife revolve around the existence of a God and taking into account the primal instinct of self-preservation
I. Who is their God? Like many eastern religions Shintoism does not have one God, rather they are a polytheistic sect that believe in many gods and spirits. The term “god” in the world of Shinto really means separation of the divine and humanity (Hartz). While there are some gods, most of the deities are spirits manifested natural world know as kami (Deal).
The distinction between archetypes and myth has often been blurred so much that myth critics have widely been using archetypal vocabulary (Reeves). Lévi Strauss’s assumption, “all human behavior is based on certain unchanging patterns, whose structure is the same in all ages and in all societies” (Morford and Lenardon 9), endorses the applicability of the mythological interpretation of the Promethean figure to the modern situation. The Promethean figure has contradictory characteristics: he is the archetype of culture god or hero responsible for all arts and science and at the same time the archetype of the divine or heroic trickster (Morford and Lenardon 60). A catholic marriage is attempted between the image and the idea in mythic conception. Therefore, the Promethean image, ignites an idea and strikes a chord in human beings everywhere and throughout time.
Cosmogony is concerned with the origin of the universe. Eschatology is concerned with death, judgement and the afterlife. There exists a plurality of diverse cosmogonies and eschatology’s within the different religions of the world. The variations in myth, symbol and ritual contained in these religions often reflect differences in the environment, the social order, and the economy of the different civilizations to which they belong. This essay seeks to explore the different cosmogonies and eschatology’s of Egypt, Mesopotamia and Ancient Greece and how the myth, symbol and ritual contained in them are directly or indirectly related to the political and physical environment.