Akhenaten And The Progression Of Religions In The Ancient World

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The wide spread of practicing the worship of spiritual beings helped expose early societies to communicate in other forms of expression besides language and writing. Art, storytelling, production of precious metals such as silver and gold, starting being highly sought after and thus helping the progression of trade between civilizations from different areas around the known world. Another trend in earlier civilizations was creating monuments and temples in honoring their Gods. Wonders of construction with ancient forms of tools stood the test of time and are still considered masterful pieces of architecture. The Egyptian pyramids were lined with ancient text that told of rituals and why they chose certain rituals such as the practice of mummification. …show more content…
9d. To say: Geb has given to thee thine eyes, that thou mayest be satisfied -----10a. eye of Horu” (Utterances 12-16). This form of expression and devotion would transcend the ancient times and be the prototype to new religions spanning throughout history. Another important figure in Western civilization is Akhenaten (1351–1334 BCE) the ancient Pharaoh of Egypt who some scholars consider to be the first monotheist. Akhenaten believed in one God and who was a God of the sun named Aten. In Akhenaten’s hymn-poem Great Hymn to the Aten, he writes of his devotion to Aten and no other, “O sole god, like whom there is no other! Thou didst create the world according to thy desire, Whilst thou wert alone: All men, cattle, and wild beasts, Whatever is in earth, going upon (its) feet, And what is on high, flying with its wings” (Akhenaten). This early form of monotheism brought controversy and resistance and in the end Akhenaten’s devotion to spread the belief of a solar deity would end and fail. This early attempt would foreshadow the struggle many other civilizations or tribes had with believing in a single God and sharing their faith, especially in …show more content…
Christianity has grown a rapid rate since its beginning with more than 2.2 billion followers in the world. Wars in the Middle East are still fought due to religion, causing friction and pain between innocent people belonging to different religions. The “Holy Land” of Jerusalem is a melting pot and impact zone of three religions Islamic, Judaism, and Christianity who all share the sacred ground. The impact of religion in shaping and contributing the Western Civilization cannot be ignored. Religion and especially Judaism and Catholicism were a major factor in every individual’s daily life in the ancient world. Those same factors still hold true in society today as people see challenges facing their religion moving forward in a forever changing world. Science and technology seem to be putting up a fight with religion in terms of cultural and social influences. The Catholic Church are even taking small steps to embrace science and knows that the way the world is evolving it will need to evolve itself in some way. Western Civilization and the structure of society as we know it is largely made up by the major contributions of various religions throughout

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