Paper 86: Early Evolution of Religion/ /Brilliant Evening Star

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Matthew Block suggests that the following authors were influential in writing of this Paper and has prepared a parallel chart:

William Graham Sumner and Albert Galloway Keller, The Science of Society, Volume II (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927)  Wikipedia page: SumnerWikipedia page: Keller.

Lewis Browne, This Believing World: A Simple Account of the Great Religions of Mankind (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1926) Wikipedia page.

William Graham Sumner, Albert Galloway Keller, and Maurice Rea Davie, The Science of Society, Volume IV (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1927)

E. Washburn Hopkins, Ph.D., LL.D., Origin and Evolution of Religion (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1923) Wikipedia page.

For Biblical cross-references for all Sections: click here.


Section 1: Chance: Good Luck and Bad Luck


Section 2: The Personification of Chance


Section 3: Death The Inexplicable


Section 4: The Death-survival Concept

p6transmigration, reincarnation See Topical Study page: Reincarnation.


Section 5: The Ghost-soul Concept

p15Semite etymology: 1847, “a Jew, Arab, Assyrian, or Aramaean” (an apparently isolated use from 1797 refers to the Semitic language group), back-formation from Semitic or else from French Sémite (1845), from Modern Latin Semita, from Late Latin Sem “Shem,” one of the three sons of Noah (Genesis x.21-30), regarded as the ancestor of the Semites (in old Bible-based anthropology), from Hebrew Shem. In modern sense said to have been first used by German historian August Schlözer in 1781.

p17The children of Badanon developed a belief in two souls: Badonan is the correct spelling; Badanon was probably the result of an inadvertent key transposition.


Section 6: The Ghost-spirit Environment


Section 7: The Function of Primitive Religion

p7Nebadon etymology by Chris Halvorson: “the first (a) nebular (neb-) upland (don) (The local universe level is the local upland relative to the lowlands where mortals begin their ascension careers in the Milky Way spiral nebula.).” “don < O.E., dun = n., down = upland”


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