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Theodore A. Hoppe

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What is the origin of the idea that a deity created the world?

Many attribute the creationist concept for the world's origin to the Jewish text scribed by Moses, The Book of Genesis, but what was Moses source for this story? Are there other stories about the beginning of the world that predate the Old Testament account? Please provide references and not just speculation.

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    Nov 2 2012: Have you watched Elizabeth Gilbert's "Your creative elusive genius" on TED?
    I think this very much relates.

    I think human's innately create these protective psychological constructs: 'religions/all knowing deities etc' because assimilating existence is just too much for us sometimes.

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