The Origins Of Blasphemy

Blasphemy has naturally been around since the first hominid created the first gods. It’s not just in regards to the Christian God, but any god, from religions long past, and several different types of mythology from various regions and cultures. Blasphemy can also be taken to mean various different things regarding religion, or just profane language in general. Blasphemy can be one of several things, such as, speaking with intentional disrespect of a god or religion, for example, “I can’t believe Joseph never suggested Mary get a paternity test.” Or it can be using the name or term for a god as a curse, such as “Jesus Harold Christ On A Bicycle!” Other ways to commit blasphemy, according to some, are speaking of a belief in something other than their culture’s religion of choice. For example, “I think that worshiping that poo on the lawn is much more intelligent than worshiping a big invisible man.” In other circles, blasphemy can also mean speaking ill of a subject that is considered sacred by a majority or even an individual. For another example, “Learning long division is for retards.”

However, for the most part, blasphemy is mainly just the defamatory use of or speech regarding a religious or spiritual entity or belief. The origins of the word are more easily dissected; the act of blasphemy itself is much older. Since the first gods were ever conceived by the mind of man, there’s always going to be some guy, off to the left saying, “That’s a bunch of crap.” In some countries, however, that guy might have had his head cut off, so blasphemy is usually restricted to a party with like minds. There are still laws against blasphemy today, in many countries. The word blasphemy, like so many others in the English language, has European roots. Mainly from “blasphemein”; a two part word made from blaptein, “to injure”, and pheme, “reputation”. The word also has roots in Middle English, Old French, and Late Latin.

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