Big Gods Came After the Rise of Civilizations, Not Before, Finds Study Using Huge Historical Database
I thought everyone knew that? It's pretty common knowledge that monotheism was a more recent invention. Christianity didn't seriously take off until well into the Roman Empire. And check this out.
Could modern secularisation, for example, contribute to the unravelling of efforts to cooperate regionally – such as the European Union?
I can't see how this question makes any sense. Globalization and extensive regional cooperation is a very recent invention, which is largely driven by capitalism. Corporations do not like war and tariffs, it undermines their ability to make a lot of money. The European Union was created during a period of massive decline in religious belief. It's not like a World Government could have existed in the Medieval era.
People believe in God because they're afraid of death, and dying. And my secret is, I need God. A decline in belief is largely a product of advances in science and philosophy; see God is dead. It's easier to brush it off when you're younger, but nobody wants to believe that one day their consciousness will cease to be and everything they built will fade away. It's horrifying.
As for God, my friends and I ate an entire bag of psychedelic mushrooms when we were still in high school and watched God get wrecked by an ethereal force from the aether none of us could describe. We've been traumatized ever since. It was the height of bad trips. He was watching.