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By Mel Pearlman

The elusive meaning of religious freedom in America


One of the factors in the early formation of humans into social groups was a common belief in spiritual powers, mythical gods and superstitions.

The consensus of so-called religious beliefs within these groups at the dawn of civilization was as much a driving force in the formation of tribal community life as was the need to collectively survive by delegating and cooperating in food gathering, hunting and protecting against other tribal communities.

While unanimity of religious belief within the tribe was beneficial to its safety, well-being and survival, the development of ancient and pri...

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