In the Beginning: The Paleolithic Origins of Religious Consciousness

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This study explores the origins of religious consciousness by means of a systematic analysis of the ritualized burial of the dead and cave art as evidenced in Paleolithic remains. It is suggested here that religion is a natural manifestation of emerging human consciousness as an integral component to cultural evolution, demonstrated by empirical archeological artifacts. Religion and culture converge in the behavioral matrix of politics thereby demonstrating what it means to be human. The book argues that religion, culture, and politics are interlocking symbol systems embodied in human experience and that their prehistoric origins can be traced from our earliest Paleolithic records of social behavior beginning with Neanderthal burial rituals and Cro-Magnon cave art. This study is an extension of the author s continuing work on the natural history of moral behavior and its relevance to secular humanism as a spiritual journey.

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John H. Morgan, Ph.D. (Hartford), D.Sc. (C.A.S./London) Psy.D. (Foundation House/Oxford), teaches at Oxford University in the theology summer program. He is also President of the Graduate Theological Foundation and the Sir Julian Huxley Professor of the History and Philosophy of Education at Cloverdale College.

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