Watch 5000 years of religion take place in 90 seconds

A MAP video of how religions have spread throughout time could certainly shed light on a lot of the issues that the world is facing today.

This quick and easy-to-watch video shows how Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam were founded and spread

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25 thoughts on “Watch 5000 years of religion take place in 90 seconds

  1. God sent hundred of thousands of prophets through out the world to every nation. It is believed by some Islamic scholars that religions such as Hindu started with these prophets. If you look at their oldest scripture it mentions there is only one God, which is the message all prophets came with. All the nations failed so God chose the best of all the prophets he sent out; Abraham pbuh to be father of the chosen people. Start from scratch.

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    • I’m menang no offence here and I’m probably doing this a bit half baked so I’ll apologize in advanced.

      But the more I chat to followers of the Abrahamic religions the one thing your God has in common is that he does seem kinda incompetent.

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      • Hey Bry,

        “… maybe you’re not talking to the right people”

        Some of those people are you and yours on this very blog.

        Merry Christmas to you too. Hope you’ve been a good boy and Santa fills your stocking 🙂

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      • I’d go further than that, Dom,
        Kathleen should read about the devout Spanish Conquistadores who conquered Southern America so cruelly. Or maybe the great armies of Catholic slaughterers who at the instruction of the Pope destroyed the people and the country of the Albigensians some 7 or 8 centuries ago.

        Then we recall the way the early orthodox Christians set about destroying the believers and the temples etc of the ancient pagan world. For that matter, the way the devout on both Protestant and Catholic sides did battle with each other in order to enforce their versions of Christianity on each other, and also for that matter with heretical Christians that they both despised.

        Yes sure, the Christian faith was spread, but not always through those early days by mission and preaching. St Augustine at first believed that the Faith could and should be spread by gentle preaching and example. When he discovered that it didnt work with the enemy, he fell back on the Gospel quote that told the faithful to ‘Compel’ them to come in.

        Rian.

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      • Rian,
        How many people did Christians kill, before joining political hands with Constantine? Did Peter, James, Paul, Timothy or any other apostle ever advocate killing unbelievers, or advocate conversion to Christianity by the sword? Did Jesus?

        All the incidents you speak of, relate to situations where the church and politics mingled together.

        In fact to those who say that more wars and murder has occurred due to religion, I say more wars and murder has occurred to politics. Political ideology has a poisonous effect on everything it touches.

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      • Thomas F. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant he appears in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The History Channel.

        “Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

        So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

        From the safe distance of many centuries, it is easy enough to scowl in disgust at the Crusades. Religion, after all, is nothing to fight wars over. Christians in the eleventh century were not paranoid fanatics. Muslims really were gunning for them. While Muslims can be peaceful, Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. Muslim thought divides the world into two spheres, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. Christianity—and for that matter any other non-Muslim religion—has no abode. Christians and Jews can be tolerated within a Muslim state under Muslim rule. But, in traditional Islam, Christian and Jewish states must be destroyed and their lands conquered. When Mohammed was waging war against Mecca in the seventh century, Christianity was the dominant religion of power and wealth. As the faith of the Roman Empire, it spanned the entire Mediterranean, including the Middle East, where it was born. The Christian world, therefore, was a prime target for the earliest caliphs, and it would remain so for Muslim leaders for the next thousand years.

        “That is what gave birth to the Crusades. They were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two-thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense.”

        “The truth is that the crusades had nothing to do with colonialism or unprovoked aggression. They were a desperate and largely unsuccessful attempt to defend against a powerful enemy.” “The entire history of the crusades is one of Western reaction to Muslim advances,” Madden observes.”

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      • I was reading this in Catholic Answers.

        “I could talk at length about this, as I work as an Assistant Professor of History with a specialty in Latin America. I don’t have a lot of time to respond tonight, so I’ll give you some leads to investigate. Yes, the Catholic Church and the Spanish government were very concerned about the treatment of Native Americans, but they found it hard to reign in the abuses of conquistadors, who were thousands of miles away and finding gold and silver in almost unbelievable amounts among the Aztecs and the Incas. (The first load of gold taken from the Aztecs back to Spain contained more gold than the entire amount of gold ever mined in all of European history put together up to that point!) Cortez himself said that he had come to the New World for “God, gold, and glory”, but most put the gold and glory first. At first, the Spanish tried to pass the Requirement (Requermiento), a brief statement of Christian faith that was read to new native tribes to see if they wanted to learn more about Christianity. If they did, they were left alone, but if not, they could be conquered as heathens who rejected Christianity. Now, even this simple document was terribly abused, since the Conquistadors read it either in Spanish or Latin intentionally, so that the natives couldn’t understand it. Then, when they walked away in confusion, they could be attacked, since they had “rejected” Christianity. Later, the crown learned about incidents like this from brave priests like Antonio de Montesinos and Bartolome de las Casas (whom you should look up). They threatened to excommunicate whole congregations and even whole dioceses if they didn’t cease exploitation of Native Americans. Eventually, the crown stepped in again and issued the New Laws of 1542, which abolished Native American slavery and would gradually phase out the grant of Indian labor known as encomienda. ”

        To learn more, look up the following terms:
        Requermiento (The Requirement)
        Antonio de Montesinos
        Bartolome de las Casas
        Encomienda
        New Laws of 1542

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      • Hi Kathleen

        I don’t think the crusades were mentioned above. I have my own take on the crusades of course but I’ll leave it for another day or thread.

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      • Hey Dom,

        Well the beneficial effects of fasting have been well documented. As have the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumptions.

        Your religion wouldn’t prohibit you from doing something that’s good for your health would it ??

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      • It was recognised 1400 years ago that alcohol had some benefit but the damage far out ways it.

        They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: “In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” (Al-Baqara; 2:219)

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      • Hey Dom,

        Are you sure about that ?
        http://www2.potsdam.edu/alcohol/alcoholandhealth.html#.VJtR_sAMA

        “Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. In addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), and several major cancers.”

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      • Importantly, people who don’t usually drink alcohol are not advised to start doing so to protect themselves against heart disease – the evidence for the benefits does not justify this. “There are other ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, like stopping smoking, taking more exercise and eating a healthier diet, which don’t carry risk,” says Professor Wallace.

        Indeed, this is the overall alcohol and the heart conclusion from Professor Wallace and Dr Chick: there is evidence to suggest that low and moderate drinking (i.e., within the government’s lower risk guidelines) can protect against coronary heart disease, but it is a relatively small effect and it’s best to try other safer things first.

        https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/check-the-facts/health-effects-of-alcohol/effects-on-the-body/is-alcohol-good-for-the-heart

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      • Hey Dom,

        “Some benefit but much better if people stayed away from it”

        Really – moderate drinkers have better health outcomes than abstainers. So it wouldn’t be better if people stayed away from it. It would be better if people consumed moderately.

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    • Hi Kathleen,
      Yep your quotes were pretty accurate, but they failed to excuse in any way the bloody crusades against the Albigensians in Southern France. Those were authorised by the Pope, with no remission at any time for many years after.Good old St Dominic shed crocodile tears when his good mate the horrible De Montfort and his army of thugs finished up killing and looting. The Pope had made it plain that Crusaders (in all campaigns as far as I know) were automatically forgiven ANY crimes they committed while on the job.

      As far as the Spanish Conquistadores are concerned, they went in as enthusiastic Catholics, regardless of whether the Church was permitting or enabling them. Now as davinci said, it shows up more as politics than as religion that lies behind the atrocities. But as far as the cultures invaded are concerned, what difference does it make to them even if the Catholic hierarchy does or doesnt approve. It is still Christianity that is invading. And in the process some great old civilizations had to perish.

      Perhaps the same applies in regard to Islam today and in the past. Of course there apparently has never been any centralised authority within Islam that encourages or discourages the actions of its armies and leaders. So it sure reads to me like political motivations that lie behind the conquests outwardly brought about in the name of Islam.

      Your Catholic answers authority didnt deal in any way with the horrible persecutions that the early church just after Constantine pushed against the pagans and the heretical Christians. Then we think too of the persecutions and massacres perpetrated by the Christian Church throughout many of the last 2000 years against the Jews. That is well documented.

      Davinci quite rightly made it plain that neither Jesus or the Apostles, or for that matter, most of the earliest Christians would likely have done any killing or persecuting. But things did go very quickly downhill once Christians were in charge of the Holy Roman Empire. Good old Martin Luther was perfectly happy to encourage the ruling classes in their destruction of the Peasants when they rebelled.

      And I recall with distress that cry that describes so aptly the experience of so many indiginous peoples in their encounter with Christianity, or its enthusiasts.. …. ‘In the old days, they had the book and we had the land. Since they came, we have the book, and they have the land.’

      So really Christianity doesnt show up as squeaky clean you know.

      Rian.

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  2. No Chinese/Japanese religions mentioned. They influenced a huge number of people historically. It also mainly, but not only, refers to monotheistic religions. Which of course are the ones in fashion at present, where God is a benevolent dictator. Despite the fact that God is often “we” in the OT.

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  3. This has always been a worry and doesn’t help in the ‘spread’ of the faith.

    Catholic World News – December 22, 2014

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    In his annual year-end address to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis reflected on the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ and said that the Curia is a microcosm of that Body.

    Without daily prayer, regular participation in the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, daily contact with God’s Word, and a “spirituality translated into charity,” a member of the Curia dies spiritually and becomes a bureaucrat, the Pope said in his December 22 address.

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    • “ther spiritual sicknesses, the Pope added, include existential “schizophrenia” (living a double life that is “often dissolute”), gossip, careerism and flattering superiors, indifference to others, a severe “funeral face” (rather than self-deprecating good humor), the “disease of closed circles,” and “worldly profit, exhibitionism” (through “calumniating, defaming, and discrediting others,” even in the media “in the name of justice and transparency”).

      These temptations, he continued, are a danger to every Christian and every community. “The Holy Spirit sustains every sincere effort of purification and every good will of conversion.”

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  4. ISIS or ISIL (The west can’t make it’s mind up) is to Islam what the KKK is to Christianity.
    Both are extremist groups who murder people. The difference is that Arabs are fighting ISIS while no white person is lifting a finger on the Klan. Interesting eh?
    The news… particularly Fox news … spreads so many lies now I just watch the TREWS with Russell Brand on U-Tube. He deciphers the myths and lies and puts things in it’s true perspective. And you can laugh at the same time ….

    Whether you like Russell or nay is irrelevant … he tells the truth. He’s written a book called ‘Revolution’ which basically highlights corrupt government-corporation -banker-Wall Street systems which has failed us miserably. “Fox news is more dangerous than ISIS” He shouts.

    There may be an odd swear word, but it’s worth a look. I notice no-one is challenging him. I always maintained it was a comedians goldmine out there.

    Russell Brand is proving it.

    Or look at it this way …. Johnny Depp agrees with him…. so does Matt Damon

    So does the Pope.

    So does Islam.

    So does Europe.

    The KKK, the American tea party and the Australian government and Rupert do not. .

    Hmmmm … there seems to be a common theme emerging here …

    If I tell folks about ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ (Jordan Belfort) and his antics…. they don’t believe me, or are not interested. So they go about their business as if nothing is happening …

    After all …” what has obscenity, sex, corruption at government level, unfair laws, rich billionaires lifestyles have to do with poor people like me?”

    Russell Brand sheds some light on that.

    “It was so bad… I had to ban fu****g in the office between 9am and 7pm and it still made no difference….” Jordan Belfort ( Wall Street stockbroker )

    I guess nothing makes any difference when you can bring in $22 million in 3 hours.

    I won’t go into details of the office party games … such as hiring prostitutes….. and dwarfs to throw at targets … that’s all grist for the mill.

    And that was all AFTER the financial crisis we had to have… while many Americans were living in tents …

    I guess some people have happier Christmases than others …

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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