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New aging in slow motion

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2015/04/25/religion-in-decline-vs-the-failure-of-humanism/
If we examine the history of religion in term of the macro model of WHEE we can see the phenomenon of ‘new aging’ very clearly and the Axial Age is the supreme case. A close look also shows the persistence of the old into the new era. It took six hundred years from about -600 BCE before the start of Xtianity (emerging from Israelitism) got under way. Such comparisons are somewhat misleading but they are a reminder to puzzled observers of modernity that we haven’t defined ‘modernity’ yet: the consequences of the early modern transition are beginning to emerge, even as the whole scheme starts to suffer a fall into mediocre realization, if not decline. So it might be centuries before the weak forms of humanism, the decaying forms of religion, and the gestation of new post-religion religions, if any, bears fruit.

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