Religions

Every major world religion has an account of the creation of the Universe, Earth, and the living beings within it. Some religions have isolated these creation stories and collected them in completely separate sections of their religious literature (like Genesis for Christians), while in other religions the information is scattered among different holy texts.

In this section we will investigate the creation beliefs of the major world religions. We will present each account as related by the religion, then address the controversies surrounding the account.

Ancient Concubines

The secret life of an ancient concubine

In many ancient cultures and religious traditions, rulers and elite members of society not only had wives, they also had concubines. Concubines normally served a dual purpose – to increase a man’s...
Noah's Ark

Hollywood resurrects Noah's Ark, but did they get it right?

The new film Noah starring Russell Crowe as the man chosen by God to collect pairs of animals on Earth and gather them into a massive ark has just hit cinemas around the world. But has Hollywood got...
Flower of Life

What Ancient Secrets Lie Within the Flower of Life?

The Flower of Life is a name for a geometrical figure composed of seven or more evenly-spaced, overlapping circles. This figure, used as a decorative motif since ancient times, forms a flower-like...
Mastema - Jubilees

Mastema – The ‘Persecutor’ of God

Christian texts are full of controversies regarding actions of God which could be perceived as harsh, or even revengeful. These controversies are also extended to other Biblical figures/beings, for...
Ruins of Hazor, Isreael

Joshua and the destruction of Hazor: From myth to reality

Joshua under the command of ‘God­­­’ was instructed to destroy all unbelievers with the use of mighty weapons. One of the cities that was destroyed was Hazor, present day Tell el Qedah. And Joshua...
One God Versus Many

One God Versus Many - A Solitary God in the Company of Many (Part 2)

The concept of the Christian Trinity is puzzling, to say the least, but what about the Jewish/Christian god’s admittance to the existence of other gods? Here are the Old Testament instances where...
One God Versus Many

One God Versus Many - The Plurality is in the Pronoun (Part 1)

The Hebrew/Christian concept of monotheism has invaded the far corners of the earth, and many people have heard its doctrine; however, it continues to cause confusion and controversy, just as it did...
Nephilim - Giants - Sons of God And Daughters Of Man

Are The Nephilim Really The Offspring Of Sons of God And The Daughters Of Man?

Who were the nephilim ? The word nephilim appears twice in the Old Testament of the Bible. They are first mentioned in chapter 6 of the book of Genesis and then again in Number 13:33. But their brief...
Sodom and Gomorrah

The Wrath of the Gods: Sodom and Gomorrah

It is one of the largest catastrophes mentioned in the Bible, and one that—though still in dispute between archaeologists—has possibly been verified as true. It is the destruction of Sodom and...
Exodus - Bible

The Exodus - Intervention from the Gods

The story of Exodus in the Bible is well known. It is described in the second book of the Bible and tells of the departure of the Jewish people from Egypt. More or less, the Exodus gives birth to...
The Hindu sacred texts about human origins

The Hindu sacred texts about human origins

Third in the list of major religions, with more than 870 million followers, is Hinduism. Hinduism goes back to 5000 BCE and is a compilation of many diverse traditions (in contrast to Christianity...
Muslims: The Origins of Human Beings

Muslims: The Origins of Human Beings

With more than 1.67 billion followers, Muslims are the second biggest religious population on Earth. The major sacred text of the Muslims is the Quran (also spelt Koran), which they believe is the...
Creation according to the Christians & Hebrews

Creation according to the Christians & Hebrews

Christianity is the world’s biggest religion, with 2.3 billion followers as of 2010. The Christianity account of creation is described in the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis . In the beginning...
Mormons’ creation theory: Christian creation with a twist

Mormons’ creation theory: Christian creation with a twist

The Mormon Church, a sect of Christianity sometimes referred to as a cult, has a collection of sacred writings called the Pearl of Great Price . Mormons believe in the concept of creation according...

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Human Origins

Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

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Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

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At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

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