Mythology/Religion Comparative Essay

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What should we believe in according to science or Greek mythology? My belief is that everything in this universe happens because of natural forces, and not by gods or goddesses. Greek mythology is just traditional tales of the Ancient Greece that tells stories of how the world and everything in it came to be.

The Greeks had a very different idea of how the world was created. I believe that the universe was created by a huge explosion and not by gods or goddesses. Through scientific data gather from the Hubble Space Telescope, it shows that the most reasonable theory of the creation of the universe is the big bang theory. According to the theory, the universe was created between 10 billion to 15 billion years ago from a huge explosion that launched matter in all directions. That is why the universe has been expanding ever since. The Greeks had a very different idea of creation.

The Greek myth of creation was that in the beginning there was only Chaos, a mass of darkness. Somehow through the darkness, Chaos created Gaea, mother earth, Erebus, and Eros. Chaos also produced Night, while Gaea first produced Uranus, the god of the heavens. Together Gaea and Uranus produced the mountains, sea, and gods.

The Greeks had a different concept of how mankind was created, but from my own perspective, mankind was created through a process called evolution. According to scientific data gather from scientists, the most reasonable explanation for mankind is the theory of evolution. According to the theory, it was a long process of transformation by which humans originated from apelike ancestors. The Greeks, however, believed that the gods created mankind. Prometheus and Epimetheus were given the task of creating creatures of earth. Prometheus created man out of mud, and Athena breathed...