“First the temple, then the city”

By Patrick Symmes | NEWSWEEK

A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution.

In fact evidence uncovered at the site suggests that “Religion now appears so early in civilized life—earlier than civilized life, if Schmidt is correct—that some think it may be less a product of culture than a cause of it, less a revelation than a genetic inheritance.” Meaning that before man made cities they mad temples. However, these first temples were not permanent settlements but temporary sites for worship.

Absence is the source of Schmidt’s great theoretical claim. “There are no traces of daily life,” he explains. “No fire pits. No trash heaps. There is no water here.” Everything from food to flint had to be imported, so the site “was not a village,” Schmidt says. Since the temples predate any known settlement anywhere, Schmidt concludes that man’s first house was a house of worship: “First the temple, then the city,” he insists.

Read more (here) in Newsweek

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