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Creating God

The world is full of complex religious beliefs. This week, we'll explore how religions have evolved, almost like living organisms, to help human societies survive and flourish.
Muslim women praying together in the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. Source: Afriadi Hikmal

Let's take a moment to go back in time.

For most of human history, we lived in small groups of about 50 people. Everyone knew everybody. If you told

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