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Judaism vs Xtianity: what does the ‘eonic effect’ suggest?

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

The previous post raises a controversial issue, in one form a staple of old-fashioned anti-semites, but the questions won’t go away.
That said, as we study the ‘eonic effect’, we wonder, what does that tell us here?
The answer is, actually, that the data is neutral, and shows clearly the three stepping stones toward monotheistic religion, the early Israelite phase, the Christian and Moslem secondary and tertiary phases, but it also shows the way that the Axial period produced, with the Israelites, a bargain with their tribalism, to create an early form of monotheistic state theocracy in a people too primitive to conceive of a supra-tribal religion. It was that phase, with all the dangers of getting stalled, and with all the momentum of the Axial Age dyinamic expended at the embryonic beginning, that set the seeds of the tragic confusions to come.
We should note a similar, but not so disastrous, analog in the relation of Hinayana to Mahayana buddhism in India.
The problem here is that the eonic effect points to something teleological, even as it gives no final evidence for that. To say that Israelitism was a phase toward a universal monotheism is a kind of teleological projection, but as we stand back we see that it must have been so. But the tragedy was almost unavoidable here, given the fixation of the early Israelitism.
The confused perception of the Axial Age by the Isrealites, that ‘god’ had chosen them specially, was a misreading of the extraordinary situation in which they found themselves, an infantile reading, let it be said, and the result was a kind of dead baby. We see that from within the immense potency of the post-Exilic situation, the next stage appeared as if from nowhere, and we see the teleological drama unfold, but the result was equally an immense tragedy.
In any case, I expound on the eonic effect, and express my own opinions, but the two are not the same. We need to examine the data here from a new perspective to try and ‘dubug’ the flawed programmatic. And then move on.

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