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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: Most likely by word of mouth from Adam to his descendants.

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      Nov 2 2012: So you are one of the people that take the Bible literally?
      As I have noted in my comments, the concept of a "Creator" was not apart of Judaism. I sight a reference as well, the respected Karen Armstrong.
      This reduces your conjecture to little more than meme that has already been dispelled and nevertheless persists.
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        Nov 2 2012: Hi Theodore.
        I am reading Fox's Book of Martyrs at the moment. A historical account of many thousands of Christians who all died gruesome deaths rather than abandon their meme. I would pit any one of them against Karen Armstrong. Perhaps intellect by itself is insufficient ?

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          Nov 2 2012: This is a conversation and as such it is rude to be selective in your replies, so let's stick with the topic. Do you take the Bible literally?
          Your comment is not just a meme its false unless you can refute Armstrong's claim with a reference to the contrary. Creation ex nihilo was not an official doctrine of Christianity until the Council of Nicaea in 341. Both Jewish and Muslim rationalist find this a difficult and problematic doctrine.
          Fox is a wonderful scholar. If you read his book, "The Unauthorized Version" you will find numerous problems with taking the Bible literally. Pages 17 and 18 address the "two" conflicting stories of the creation found in Genesis.
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        Nov 2 2012: Hi Theodore.
        I'm sorry if I was rude, it was in ignorance. I get the impression from your posts that you operate on a higher literary plane than I ; you are obviously well read, I am just an ordinary Joe. With me a spade Is a spade.
        Yes I take the bible literally. I have found that folks who do otherwise end up with interpretations which are personal to them; ie hundreds, so I have no way of assessing which would be the one to follow. I find it logical that a being capable of creating a universe would have little trouble in writing & maintaining a book with which he could communicate with his offspring. At the same time, that same book could be nonsense to those who are not his offspring.
        This may seem simplistic to you, however, this same book has changed millions of lives over the piece. It works, it is unique. To me it contains all we need to know Jesus Christ, & explains what is going on around us. I doubt that I can persuade you on an intellectual basis, but Jesus didn't reach many intellectuals either, & he walked on water & raised the dead.
        Sorry if I'm off-topic again, but my original reply still stands.

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          Nov 2 2012: Thank you so much for this honest reply. Allow me to also add that it is not my intention here to disrespect the beliefs of others. Beliefs, especially ones about religious matters, are a personal, and each of us hold steadfastly to them for good reasons and are slow to change.
          There have been other discussion on this topic and I wanted to help cast the debate about creationist in a more academic light. There is much historical evidence to consider and when we open our minds to knowledge it adds to our understanding of ourselves.
          Religions are social facts that bind groups in a united system of beliefs and practices. My hope is that we might be less strident in our doctrines dogmas and embrace our empathy and compassion as a shared human quality.

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