The Origin of Religion A Sermon by James Ishmael Ford Patheos February 10, 2019
In O&I’s treatment of this essay, this sermon, I am trying something different. I have invited three friends with expertise in evolutionary anthropology, economics, and sociology to comment and engage in a written discussion. Of the three commenters/discussants, one has experience as a former Christian theology student at a seminary and another as a former Christian cult member.
It is hoped the three discussants’ comments will lead to a far-ranging discussion about matters brought up in the sermon in the following areas:
-The origin(s) of religion;
-The validity of the claim that modern spiritualism is making religion more universal and less culture-bound and tribal;
-That universalist spiritualism may be the only hope for Humankind’s survival;
-The current and future relationship between our scientific understanding of material reality and the spiritual reality of r…