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Mattwall1 November 4th, 2013 2:14pm

In your opinion. what is the most important event in human history?

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Happy Hong Kong
11/06/13 1:03 am

The day we came down from the trees.

commonsense America isnt racist
11/05/13 8:34 pm

After that , I guess creation of societies? Living in large protected communities.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
11/05/13 4:44 am

Don't underestimate the invention of barbed wire.I get all the Christ answers but that whole theme has been done to death from the start.You could say Mohammed instead of Jesus + we kill in gods name. It's easy access to food that gave us a history.

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steelcity Pittsburgh
11/04/13 8:11 pm

When God became man.

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fredd TrumpLand
11/04/13 6:30 pm

When we learned to make FIRE!

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MisterE Conservistan
11/04/13 4:18 pm

The creation of life on planet Earth.

willthehuman Suburbia
11/04/13 3:42 pm

The discovery, and control of fire.

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meaning Red Stick
11/04/13 4:09 pm

That's deep

b4mytime Orange County, CA
11/04/13 11:40 pm

Thanks, that what I was going for :)

LordLawrence Michigan
11/04/13 2:56 pm

Agriculture or the discovery of fire.

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Skarface Banned
11/04/13 2:48 pm

Even though I'm an atheist, I think that the death of Jesus was the most significant event. Christianity made western society what it is today, for better or for worse.

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Nizabelle Cambridge, MA
11/04/13 2:44 pm

The creation of soap? Haha

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doctalk not all who wander r lost
11/04/13 1:41 pm

1. Avoiding any religious priorities I select Agricultural vs hunter gatherer. Agriculture has add more longevity than modern medicine. Created substantial equality for the weak. And made Artichokes and Portobello's part of my regular diet.

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bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 12:17 pm

That's tough - the advent of agricultural I think have to be near the top. It allowed settled cultures and diversification of labor.

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Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:47 pm

Of the British monarchy? Or a different restoration?

sadewt Rexburg, Idaho
11/04/13 7:57 pm

I disagree, I think that the atonement was far more important. without it, the restoration would be worthless.

Mattwall1
11/04/13 8:01 pm

Which respiration are you referring to?

Zimmeress Make Me Laugh
11/04/13 11:32 am

When they sliced bread.

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Skarface Banned
11/04/13 10:16 am

The invention of the computer.

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rons screw politicians
11/04/13 10:09 am

The UPC reader! When was the last time you heard "Price check on aisle 12!".

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LeDerpityDerp We are not our failures
11/04/13 9:16 am

Jesus dying on the cross for our sins :)

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GotHeem Indiana
11/04/13 9:16 am

The crucifixion of Christ, but going along with it the resurrection of Christ

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Alph4omega
11/04/13 8:37 am

the discovery that microorganisms cause sickness

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Alph4omega
11/04/13 9:05 am

if fusion power is ever successful, that will trump disease theory

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
11/04/13 8:35 am

The creation of the world.

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MJSeals J.D.
11/04/13 8:25 am

The American revolution

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Mattwall1
11/04/13 8:29 am

I'd have to disagree with you, but that's very very high up on my lost

Komm No. I am your father
11/04/13 8:10 am

The moon landing. It is still the height of human achievement. Right behind that would be the Apollo 8 mission which was the first to leave earth, go to another world, the moon, and speak the world of God. Chapter 1 of Geneses was the first spoken...

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Komm No. I am your father
11/04/13 8:11 am

Words from mankind broadcast from the moon to all the universe.

Komm No. I am your father
11/04/13 8:16 am

And i happen to personally believe the astronaught who made that decision, who was also on the Apollo 13 mission that was nearly the worst disaster ever for NASA, was blessed by God and for honoring Gods word, allowed the miracle of apollo 13 landing

Alph4omega
11/04/13 8:39 am

miracle by definition is something that defies the laws of physics and nature.
Apollo 13 was 100% physics and engineering.

Komm No. I am your father
11/04/13 8:45 am

You can split hairs if you want on word choice. Every thing that could go wrong did on that mission. Its the most successful failure ever for nasa. As i said, its my personal belief.

curly
11/04/13 8:01 am

Single event? For the world, the resurrection of Christ. There isn't anything that can compare in my worldview.

But that's already been said. I don't know about the world, but the battle of tours in 732 was huge for western society.

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Mattwall1
11/04/13 8:03 am

That it was. I personally feel after the discovery of fire and agriculture it would have to be the battle of marathon but that's me

Michael Updating...
11/04/13 7:55 am

The invention of writing.

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mikeey1962 on SOH where else
11/04/13 7:51 am

I got out of bed this morning, so anything isossible

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DailyAtheist Religious polls
11/04/13 7:42 am

For me the most important date is March 21, 1997.

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CorblaKhan Team Skynet
11/04/13 7:44 am

Way to keep the scope at a personal level. :D

Cole12 ...
11/04/13 7:53 am

I am exactly 8 days older than you.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/04/13 7:38 am

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Hands down.

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CorblaKhan Team Skynet
11/04/13 7:48 am

Even if you want to take this from a religious point of view, this wins out over the creation of humans? I mean, there's nobody to "save" without that step.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/04/13 7:50 am

A fair point. But without Jesus, all of human history would be for naught.

glashberg Wave when you flyover
11/04/13 7:53 am

I challenge you to read "Why I Am Not a Christian" by Bertrand Russell.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/04/13 8:34 am

Are you going to send it to me? Doesn't sound like the sort of thing I'd spend money on.

2katz I live in Nebraska
11/04/13 9:25 am

May I also recommend reading? An Arrow Pointing Toward Heaven (a biography of Rich Mullins) and The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning.

bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 12:13 pm

To that end, I'd recommend (to all interested, but esp. Asjleu you may like it) "The Truth about Jesus: Is He a Myth?" by M. M. Mangasarian. Free ion the kindle app - potentially also iBooks, I haven't checked.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
11/04/13 4:27 pm

Well, since we're all recommending books: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. No idea if it's available digitally, but some churches give them out for free.

bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 6:49 pm

That's one I've read. I do agree if people haven't, it's worth a read.

glashberg Wave when you flyover
11/04/13 7:01 pm

I've already studied Christ and Christianity and even attended a week long Jesus camp as a teenager. Approached all of it with an open mind, but it's just not compatible with my notions of spirituality.

steelcity Pittsburgh
11/04/13 8:16 pm

'Week long Jesus camp' smh

They are good fun, but they illicit emotional responses seeking actions-sinners prayer. Kids may get saved at camp but I think it's more often in spite of rather than because of.

Mattwall1
11/04/13 7:35 am

For me after the discovery of fire and development of agriculture, I'd have to say the battle of marathon

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Cole12 ...
11/04/13 7:33 am

Agricultural revolution.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/04/13 7:31 am

I can't think of any specific events that have been all that important. There are eras or developments over time that have been big though. Fire, the wheel, flight, telecommunications, writing, language, algebra, etc. Of these, I'd choose language.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/04/13 7:34 am

I don't think anything sets us apart more than the ability to communicate clearly, and to pass on our knowledge to future generations through writing, and later, through technology.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/04/13 7:40 am

Nothing is more important than the ability to communicate; I agree 100%

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/04/13 7:26 am

The birth, life, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, between 4 B.C. and 33 A.D. (I am treating His entire Earthly life as a single event.)

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Mattwall1
11/04/13 7:29 am

Fair enough. I figured someone would do that.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/04/13 7:33 am

Couldn't resist after the BCE poll! LOL but for me, it's more than just the turning point of history - it's also the turning point of me. :-)

Mattwall1
11/04/13 7:34 am

Fair enough, I'm neutral to be honest with the AD BC vs BCE CE. Debate

HayleyS looking up.
11/04/13 9:04 am

Even from a secular stand point, the beginning of Christianity does have some merit for being one of the biggest moments in history because of how big of a role Christianity has had.
That's not what id choose, but still.

Mattwall1
11/04/13 9:05 am

I'd still have to say the battle of marathon but that's me.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
11/04/13 9:48 am

I agree, matt - that's just you.



:-D

Mattwall1
11/04/13 10:26 am

Although I actually do know others that agree so I guess it isn't just me :)-

skinner Wisconsin
11/04/13 1:39 pm

The battle of Marathon? Why is that significant? I mean it delayed the Persians from their inevitable goal of burning Athens to the ground but the facts are they still burned Athens to the ground.

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:18 pm

Skinner I have an appointment I have to go to ill explain why in a few hours ok?

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:49 pm

Ok I have a few minutes forgive me if it takes a while to respond. I'd argue that while jesus was no doubt import in world history whether or not he is the son of god, of western though did come from the Greeks. If the Persians had won at...

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:50 pm

Marathon, they likely would've gone and subjugated many of the Greek states. I hate to be Eurocentric but European thought had and had a lasting influence in the world which if the Athenians lost at marathon might well have led to a very....

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:51 pm

Different course of western history. Christianity, which although it does have its roots to some extent in Judaism without doubt has a large Greco-ran element to it, including the influence Aristotle has on medieval theologians for example...

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:53 pm

An influence which might well have never been allowed to happen had the Persians, which by this point had gone from the relatively tolerant empire they had been into a decline of hatred won at marathon. As important as Jesus has been in world....

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:54 pm

History, the Greco roman elements, which helped influence western society as a whole as well as certainty to some extent wouldn't have come to fruition. And ultimately to paraphrase a famous Englishman whose name I'm forgetting...

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:55 pm

The battle of marathon is not only the most important event I'm Greek history, but English history. I'd take that abated further to say western civilization and while I hate to be Eurocentric one of the most important I'd not the most in...

skinner Wisconsin
11/04/13 3:56 pm

But the entire point of the Battle of Marathon was to burn Athens which they did anyways. I don't think it would have turned out much different if they had won then as opposed to later
Btw: could you try to reign in your party in the VC. They don't

skinner Wisconsin
11/04/13 3:56 pm

Seem to like the amendment much

Mattwall1
11/04/13 3:58 pm

Their short term goal was Athens. Knowing the history of Persia they wouldn't have stopped there. Ill try with the vc hold on

Mattwall1
11/04/13 4:00 pm

Just posted something in the VC

skinner Wisconsin
11/04/13 4:03 pm

Fair point. Yeah I noticed the VC

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/04/13 7:21 am

There's not just one but I think King Henry VIII telling Rome to go to hell paved the way for the Protestant reformation; which has been the most important thing to happen in 1500 years

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bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 12:17 pm

That happened after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, which is what sparked the Reformation - that is what gave KH8 a place to start. Don't forget Henry was originally called "Defender of the Church" for writing rebuttals to Luther's claims.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/04/13 12:22 pm

Martin Luther did start it. I don't think it was Henry's intent but he was a king and when he split from Rome, it brought in a real reformation. Actually, the real reforms didn't happen til Edward took power.

bMyComrade Stumptown
11/04/13 12:30 pm

There were many Protestant denominations rising up and influencing politics all over Europe in the years before Henry's split from the church. He is in no way the reason for the reformation - he was part of it, first on one side then the other.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/04/13 12:43 pm

No one person is ever responsible for a movement like that but without the England King it would've taken a lot longer to happen. I know that wasn't his intention but telling Rome to fuck off had unintended consequences

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
11/04/13 7:19 am

Discovery of how to make fire no question about it

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Mattwall1
11/04/13 7:24 am

Ok, and most important event after?

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
11/04/13 7:33 am

Discovery of agriculture

crose85 Sycamore, IL
11/04/13 7:18 am

Invention of the Integraded Circuit

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knetzere Illinois
11/04/13 7:17 am

The introduction of agriculture.

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ScottyDoesNo Stand back and stand by
11/04/13 7:16 am

When humans set foot on another celestial body.

Mattwall1
11/04/13 7:15 am

Thanks wheresdent (sorry if the name is spelled wrong) for inspiring this

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