Evolution of a Memeplex:  The Route Taken from Arabia to Your House

Updated July 23, 2013

About the Cross: The Catholic Church stands accused of contriving the Jesus story, beginning with Constantine’s indulgent involvement and support, in order to give a [1[i]]more salable meaning to the cross, so that all folks could indulge themselves with that religion, and it not be limited to those few who originally practiced it.

I once tried to explain the history of religion to a bunch of atheists, because I thought it would be a good thing for them to know. I had a chart of how religion had developed over the millenniums, but apparently nobody ever went to my web site to look at it. They had enough of religion from the religious. The short and simple of it is this: Religion began back in prehistoric times, as what gets called ‘animism’ and practices of magic. Some of those religions still hang on, that see spirits in non-living objects like the Buddha idols that get their tummies rubbed, and then get the credit if something valuable shows up during the next few days.

Too, there are Druids, and others like them, who see spirits in trees, volcanoes, even the Earth itself. “Even clouds must have spirits,” the reasoning goes; “else, how could they know who deserves to be killed by a bolt of lightning?”

Myths, fables, meaningful stories of all sorts got passed down through the ages. The Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, the gathering together of old tales by Abraham that began the Jewish religion, until a sect called “The Way” eventually got combined with Mithraism by Constantine in the third century to make an officially-recognized version of the Xian religion in Constantinople and the surrounding territories.

Those are all historical events that, while not easily found because they are kept hidden, anybody with a penchant to discover what is actually true about all these things can dredge up for themselves. The importance about all of that is not that Xianity existed as a religion since the beginning of time, because it didn’t. What is important to know is that the Mithrain religion originated from Ancient Persia, as the “soldier’s religion” for whom the cross was displayed as a stylized representation of the sword that all soldiers carried in those times. As such, what more appropriate symbol could there be for marking soldiers’ graves? Looking at a cross while seeing it as a sword helps to understand the nature of any religion that would display it as an idol.


The Evolution of monotheistic memeplexes

Starting at the bottom of the chart, follow the flow of history upward as, while rooted in animism (when people worshiped sticks and rocks, and believed all objects to have a spirit in residence within them), religion branches into the hodgepodge of god-worshipers of today. Only the monotheistic Semitic religions are displayed here. They are the invasive ones that most affect the world’s entire population in one way or another, and are adept at burying their own shallow roots for fear of toppling their overloaded branches.

The most likely origin of religion is in Africa, that also being the most likely origin of human beings. The most ancient of religions, derived from and concerned with natural events, were also likely to have been designed to serve the community rather than the backward way they now operate, wherein they have become organized monotheistic memeplexes that demand mankind’s servitude, and that compete in dangerous fashion for dominance of all human habitats around the globe.

Starting at the bottom with the Ancient Animism of thousands of years ago, we can trace the history of religious development as it progressed according to a variety of events that occurred in ancient times, as dated by artifacts and manuscripts that have been found in excavations or preserved by hiding them in caves and other such places. Portable gods came into vogue around 8000 BCE with the adoption of simple tokens for good luck, hunting success, maybe even the gaining of love from a handsome maiden or man.

With the introduction of elementary forms of writing about then, we proceed upward to the myth of the fertile plain named Eden, where the gods granted Adam life, and furnished him first Lillith, and then Eve when Lillith refused to go along with the charade. From “A Jew Named Mohammed” < http://www.bernard-raquin.fr/index.htm > “Allah’s origin: “Allah has got about one hundred ‘beautiful names’. A poem from the 12th century B.C. grants to the Babylonian God Marduk about 50 names, coming from the defeated and assimilated deities. Most of these will qualify Allah.

“The word Allah comes from the Sumerian divinity Lilitu, evolving in Lilith (the Mother-Goddess of the Hebrew), and then in Al-ilat (that of the Arabs), but also in El, God, in Akkadian. One finds also in Arabic Ala, ‘to be terrified’. The name Allah has certainly been the masculine form that the original name Al-ilat has taken.(p.71)”

From that point forward into the progression of the decades, centuries and millenniums the development of law led also to the eventual development of governance as human beings learned to look to leaders for guidance and rules according to which they could live and to prevent the never-ending disputes from which they suffered without them. Perhaps, for a while, it might have had a chance to do some good, but suffered from monotheism’s tragic condition wherein great powers got concentrated into few hands.

The nature of conflict then evolved from being affairs of individuals and small groups, to affairs between cities and nations or states as the insidious memeplexes sought to dominate all human affairs. Following the time line upward, you see some important points in the development of law, and then the development of religions escalated as they evolved from the worship of tangible objects (idols) to imaginary entities “revealed” to those with acumen to notice a new path into positions of great power and influence.

Religions, however, show a regrettable tendency to outlive their creators, and to get taken over as memeplexes by a new generation bound to steer them toward their own vested set of interests. Memes had long been in existence by the time of the Law Codes and the Hebrews had formed their own cult. Mithraism had already risen into existence in Persia before then, and evolved to spread across Asia and Europe, later to unite with a Judaic sect, The Way, to form a new cult named ‘Christianity’, which Constantine adopted as his own, and made it the official religion of Constantinople.

Mohammedanism split off from Judaism a couple of centuries later, and Protestantism erupted into prominence less than a thousand years later. Today, all told, innumerable cults have broken down into thousands of sects, many sharing a cult’s name as an umbrella, but being barely recognizable as such when compared to the original form.

This page only skims the surface of a subject that seems simple at any person’s level, but becomes so complex overall that a lifetime of study would be unlikely to delve into every nuance. Likewise, it stands to reason that the farther back in time a religion was founded, the less believable we now find it. If that be true, then the most believable religion would be whatever could be made up on the spot, right now. To do that would get anyone deemed insane.

That, by itself, should tell us a lot. This page resulted from several months of ferreting out information from all over the Internet, and then trying to figure how to present it in its simplest and most obvious form. Your questions have already caused me to reissue a corrected diagram, as you see it now. As time passes, with your continued interest, it will become increasingly accurate.

Your comments regarding the chart will be read and assessed. If you want serious consideration, write as though you deserve it (in other words, that you have given the materials more thought than emotion) and you will be responded to in the same fashion. Trolls will not be acknowledged, on the other hand, and threatening messages will be dealt with by our legal system.

SUMMARY: Religion has evolved, it makes plain, starting with mankind viewing even rocks as containing the forces of life, to the present, when life is often regarded to be a possession of invisible and undetectable spirits and souls. As science advances human knowledge, religion will continue its evolution. Science cannot be stopped, no matter how hard the most dedicated will try to drag the whole of us back into the past with them.

If obstructionists should win in spite of all being against them, humanity will suffer. Science and technology keeps us fed and secure in spite of our overpopulation. Billions (not just millions) will perish should that support factor suddenly end or its advancement be discontinued.

Beware what you wish for. It might come to pass, and you be one of its casualties.

Some interesting links:

About Lillith or Lilith http://www.tylwythteg.com/dynionmwyn/lesson1/thirteen13.html –Adam as Lilith’s twin brother, for whom she would not bear children and so the Lord of Light kicked her out from the Garden

http://www.geocities.com/rainforest/vines/2975/lillith.html — Lillith as evil seductress according to ancient eastern legends. Some see her as evil demon, others as the gloriously independent female [Sorry, Geocities has been abandoned by Yahooie, and so one more venue has been lost to commercialism (that was put there by commercialism in the first place).

http://vampirerpg.free.fr/Bloodlines/Children-of-Lillith.html — Lillith as Cain’s child and as a prophetess

http://www.gnosis.org/lilith.htm — About the book, Hebrew Myths, tells of stories taken from nonbiblical Hebrew literature, wherein Lillith appears. Also Hebrew Goddess, which tells of the creation of Lillith.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lilith.html — Lillith as Adam’s twin, who demanded to be his equal and failed. She became the Great Mother of agricultural tribes. Also tells other legends.

http://www.deliriumsrealm.com/delirium/articleview.asp?Post=177 — Links and summaries of several Lillith stories from ancient times and places.


[i] [1] The Honest Man’s Philosophy by Thom Blaylock http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1420851527/lloydwhitling-20 The Story of Christianity
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN /006185588X/lloydwhitling-20
I include both of these books because religious authors too often cherry-pick their information. Both of these authors do mention Constantine’s role in the cult’s development, and Blaylock even goes into the cult’s roots and prehistory.