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Axial ages, new religions

November 30th, 2010 · No Comments

The Axial Age and the complexity of religious evolution

Christians are often confused by the clear passage beyond their religion, and are probably feeling hounded by the slick nonsense of the New Atheists.

I think a look at world history, the Axial, and the evolution of religion in civilization will show why the sense of the waning of religion is occurring. Just as with the Axial Age, so with modernity a sudden recycling of religions begins its drama. The New Age movement shows the field of potential developments (too often looking backwards) beyond the Axial Age. In that field the New Atheists are a hucksters game, and a dangerous Nietzschean cult in disguise. That’s not an argument for theism. Indeed, the New Atheists are performing a humble task, but their formulation of religion and science is almost grotesque. What the future holds is not clear. Caveat emptor.

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