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What professions would a medieval village with a population of 100 need?

Farmer, farmer, and farmer Assuming it is independent and not a satellite settlement (a satellite community is far far more likely) there is only one job, farmer. there is not enough people to support ...
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How can there be different religions in a world where gods have been proven to exist?

I see 2 solutions here. Devotion to specific gods rather than the pantheon as a whole, called henotheism: the belief in and worship of a single god while accepting the existence or possible existence ...
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How can prostitution be made acceptable in a religiously conservative society?

Conservative means wanting nothing to change. Whatever society is, it should stay the same. What that means in practice depends on where you come from, but it is often, and in this case specifically, ...
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Why would a God of Murder be worshipped by a society?

What is the difference between a god of murder and a god of war? Is it scale, or just semantics*? You could say that one is the god of murder and the other is the god of mass murder. Murder has very ...
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How do I create a religion unlike greek pantheon?

Mythology is not religion. Mythology and religion are two very different things. Funny thing is, the ancient Greek mythology we all know and love was not the actual ancient Greek religion. For an ...
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How to appease the Goddess of Traffic Lights

Become her champion and Stand vigilant in the dark places that have yet to see her colored lights. Locate a pedestrian crossing in your area that lacks traffic lights and is notoriously problematic to ...
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Can there be a theocracy that also practices religious tolerance?

First, as already covered in this answer, a theocracy can be more concerned with people following its rules than with people following its god. Historically some Muslim rulers were like that, such as ...
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How can God warn people of the upcoming rapture without disrupting society?

"Hi, this is your God and I'm going to be, gently, killing all of you in the next little while. Don't panic." Not sure how any marketing department can soften that message. :-) During this ...
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I want to become a living god!

If you're happy taking a while to do it, just keep being you. You're an immortal in a tribal society that will have a very short lifespan. You alone can go outside into the wastes and bring back new ...
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A mosque on Mars?

Islam is a religion with as many varied views as any other major religion. There is no correct answer, for different clerics will have different interpretations of scripture and for their respective ...
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Why would god conduct multiple raptures if he depends on human beings for worship?

SaaS(Souls as a Service) Dea is actually an Agile Soulware Developer. However unlike the developers we're familiar with, he has complete control of all aspects of the ecosystem. The raptures are ...
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Would a demon be afforded civil rights?

As it stands, the U.S. court system is barred from hearing cases that are not based in some factual question and the person petitioning the court can be potentially harmed by the law in question (...
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How recently could a god be born?

The existence and history of Scientology would seem to suggest that there's no upper bound on when a new god might be created and accepted. While Scientology does not per se include a deity, consider ...
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How would Muslims adapt to follow their prayer rituals in the loss of Earth?

As salam alaykum! I think it's wonderful that there would be a portrayal of Islam in sci-fi. I'm not a shiek by any means, but given the tenor of the answers I think I'm the only Muslim to actually ...
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How does a religion based around destroying the world attract followers

There are lots of religions and cults that already involve the world being ended by the central deity. Most familiarly to many readers, Christianity. It's a core aspect of Christian belief that God ...
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How can I use my dominance of the software industry to get my customers to worship an eldritch abomination that they don't believe in?

There's an app for that. Take advantage of your power over the software industry, specifically the gaming and social-media sectors, and create a trend. Offer meaningless internet points, in-game ...
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How can religions without a hell discourage evil-doing?

There are two parts to any religion. There's the god bothering, heaven and hell bible bashing aspect, and then there's the community. Religion isn't just about god and belief, it's also about ...
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Why would a god tolerate an impostor in his church?

This is actually a rather similar dilemma to the problem of evil in Christian philosophy. The problem of evil is the question why an omni-benevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent God would permit bad ...
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Why would a scientifically advanced future community believe in multiple gods?

Why does Hinduism not meet your requirements? From Hinduism.SE, neither the monotheistic nor polytheistic labels properly fit Hinduism. You can read the various answers yourself; some answers say it ...
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How would Muslims adapt to follow their prayer rituals in the loss of Earth?

The simplest solution would be to apply the existing fatwa of 2007, which was a response to Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's flight on the ISS. The practical problem is that although the direction of the ...
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How to explain the existence of just one religion?

This is easy. The God of the single religion exists and makes himself known. Right now, we don't have scientific evidence of any extra-physical entity. And by scientific, I mean such that we could ...
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Why would a scientifically advanced future community believe in multiple gods?

Because God or Gods are actually real. Just because some people assume in our modern world that objective proof is lacking, does not prove (or dis-prove) the existence, or lack thereof, of a God or ...
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How would a society be structured so everyone can die in combat?

Gladiatorial combat When someone approaches retirement age but is still healthy enough to carry a weapon, they go to a coliseum and fight other senior citizens to the death. And if they win, they ...
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What professions would a medieval village with a population of 100 need?

Unlike the main answers, we actually do see a few specialized professions even in small villages. This is true both for the middle ages and for contemporary indigenous people. Most importantly, there ...
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Why would a God of Murder be worshipped by a society?

Because they are murderers and want the god of murder to bless their efforts or do their bidding. Because they want to appease the god of murder, in order to avoid being murdered themselves.
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How can a barren island state comprised of morons maintain positive GDP for decades?

not going into the discussion on "does IQ really measure intelligence or not?" Putting in practice the word of Koalemos is deemed the highest honor in their society, therefore those with the ...
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In a World Where Gods Exist Why Wouldn't Every Nation Be Theocratic?

I see two options here. Gods care about small set of rules If there is something like the ten commandments, or another arbitrary set of rules, and gods simply don't care as long as you aren't ...
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Can there be sexism towards women in a society where the main religion is based on a female messiah?

In a word, YES. Because gender is complicated, and culture is like an onion -- just peel back the skin, and you'll find a series of smelly layers. Let's start here: At least one study has indicated ...
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How to remove snakes from a plain?

Just ask Moses From Artapansus of Alexandria in his History of the Jews: Jealousy of Moses' excellent qualities induced Chenephres to send him with unskilled troops on a military expedition to ...
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How could a church maintain the illusion of an Eternal Flame for hundreds of years?

How would this group continue to feed this fire without the general population being aware that it is being fed? Not all fires need to be fed. Natural gas fires are very much a thing, and some have ...
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