1.1.2 Origin Stories


How do different cultures believe the world and humanity originated? As the previous video shows, there are many answers to questions about our origins. The religions of the world have tried to answer this question in their creation myths. To help you think more systematically about different creation myths and their relation to contemporary science and theology, complete Section 1.2 from Khan Academy’s website on “Origin Stories” to learn about Greek, Maya, and other beliefs.

Complete Activity: Intro to Origin Stories Section 1.2 // Khan Academy


Guiding questions:

  1. What similarities and differences did you notice in the origin stories you read?
  2. Why do you think there are similarities between these stories? Why do you think there are differences?
  3. Is the story of the Big Bang different from other creation stories? Why or why not?

Thumbnail: “Sunrise,” NSW Australia. Photo credit: Nigel Howe, 2017. CC BY-NC 2.0.