Religious evolution

Religious evolution

Catalin Negru | Published: April 03, 2017 | 10:34

A free and open-source software (known as FOSS in technical terms) is a computer program that anyone is freely licensed to use, copy, study, and change it in any way; the source code is openly shared so that people are encouraged to voluntarily improve its design. In May 2003 WordPress 0.7 was released as a free and open-source software content management system for people who want to build personal blogs on the Internet. In January 2004 WordPress was updated to 1.0 and, compared to the previous version, it was improved with the additional features of friendly permalinks, multiple categories, simple installation and upgrade, comment moderation, XFN support and Atom support. In May 2004 version 1.2 was released, in February 2005 version 1.5, and ever since WordPress has been periodically upgraded and improved with new features. WordPress version 4.7 was released in December 2016, with features, size and structure very different from the first version of the project.

At this point you might ask yourself “What am I reading here? Is this a mistake?”

The paragraph above is not a mistake and you are reading the right thing. But why am I talking about software in an article with religious title? Because religions and software are very similar, and the image of software helps me better explain religious mechanisms.

Software are computer programs, while religions are social programs. Their life cycle is almost identical: they are released, they evolve, they are public, they have (written) instructions to be executed, their errors result in damages in the physical world, they become obsolete and they are discarded. In order to produce palpable effects, software require hardware to store them, load them into memory and execute them; religions require people (brains) to memorize them, embrace them, and execute their instructions. Both software and religion are void/powerless without the

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3.1. The basic elements: the Bible and the Trinity

3. CHRISTIAN ESCHATOLOGY

3.1. THE BASIC ELEMENTS: THE BIBLE AND THE TRINITY

Christianity came into existence in the 1st century AD in the Roman province of Palestine through the teachings and actions of Jesus Christ. Given the fact that Christ and the first Christians rose in the middle of the Jewish people, the Romans saw Christianity as a radical reformed branch of Judaism. Besides, a good deal of the Judaic doctrine was absorbed by the Christian one, and in this way Christianity and Judaism became twin religions. The Torah became a part of the Bible and subsequently Christians became spiritual successors of Abraham.

The Bible is the holy book that lies at the basis of Christian eschatology and doctrine. The Bible became very much the image of the book it is today in 363 AD at Laodicea, Phrygia. On that occasion the synod sorted all the available religious texts into two categories: the canonical texts, which were accepted by the church and therefore must be obeyed, and the apocryphal texts, which were rejected and ignored. The selection of the texts in apocryphal or canonical was carried out by taking as reference the divinity, the teachings and the life of Jesus Christ. All the writings declared canonical were gathered in a single book generically called the “Bible” (Romanized Greek: biblos – “book”), the “Word of God” or the “Holy Scripture.” Every part of the Bible expresses the same thing: God’s message to humanity.

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