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Booknotes: Amazon review of Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution

August 29th, 2011 · No Comments

I just wrote an initial take on Bellah’s new book Religion in Human Evolution. I promised to return to the review (if Amazon posts it) for upgrades over time. But I wanted to make an initial appraisal given the clear suspicion Bellah is being ‘bashful’ about Darwinism. I cannot figure out his views of Darwinism, […]

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A New Model of History

January 30th, 2011 · No Comments

A New Model of History: Eonic Evolution The eonic effect shows a spectacular process of evolution in action, but the focus is not on cultures or civilizations, but on a master sequence that transcends those, operating on transitional pivot areas in short different time-slices, as with the Axial Age.

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Tags: Evolution · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

When/what was the ‘Axial Age’??

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Does the Historical Jesus Matter? (yes, he does) …Jesus is certainly among the great axial age figures… This statement is a fallacy: the whole point is that the ‘Axial Age’ or ‘interval’ was a short period in which the seeds of many future elements were sown, among them the creation, later, of Christianity (and Judaism). […]

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The Axial Age: repairing the damage done by Armstrong

October 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation

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Tags: Fourth Edition · The Axial Age

Multiverses and the Axial Age

September 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The reason I look askance at multiverse theories, or one of them, is that history gives us an example of ‘spectrum’ multicultures in parallel during the Axial Age, and the issue there is not the physical replication of physical universe variants, but the exploration of religious and cultural potentials in different modes, in related but […]

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Fourth edition, models, and an evolution formalism

August 31st, 2010 · 3 Comments

A passage from an email to a new reader of WHEE. For the online text, starting up, go to history-and-evolution.com The theory is more in evidence in the third edition, while the fourth uses only what I call an ‘evolution formalism’ which is just to one side next to a world history, starting in Chapter […]

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Tags: Fourth Edition · The Axial Age · World History and The Eonic Effect

Properly read, the Old Testament should make you–read my book about the eonic effect (pronto)

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Properly read, the Bible should make you … an atheist? So our review of The Christian Delusion continues in fits and starts (though mostly in fits). This time I set out to review John Loftus’s essay “What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate” (a phrase I first encountered not in “Cool Hand Luke” […]

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Tags: Evolution · Science & Religion · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Missing the point of the Axial Age, with some help from Karen Armstrong

August 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Why Did People Change in the Axial Age? What caused people to change in the Axial Age? This article was written a year ago, and seems to play dumb, as did Karen Armstrong, on the issue of the Axial Age, because what it shows can’t be allowed into public discourse. That may be unfair, since […]

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The Axial Age/Greek Tragedy (repost)

July 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

From yesterday: popular post, as usual: The Axial Age and the fine-tuning of Greek tragedy

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The Axial Age, and the fine tuning of Greek Tragedy

July 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Art, Evolution And The Tragic Genre Since the post on this material of Greek Tragedy’s apparitional appearance in the Axial Age is extremely popular here (see previous post on popular posts) I am linking to the old 3rd edition page on the original material. It is hard to accept that the Axial Age produces these […]

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Prothero vs Armstrong…

July 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Karen Armstrong’s attempt to make a sausage of the Axial Age is critiqued by Prothero. Stephen Prothero, best-selling author and Boston University religion professor, has ruffled some feathers with his new book “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter.” He criticizes respected religion scholars Huston […]

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More muddle over the Axial Age

July 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Does the Sacred Need Saving? At a conference devoted to this question, a scholar finds himself wondering if it’s the study of religion that needs help, not religion itself… Contemporary culture is so confused on the subject of religion that it is almost a lost cause to enter discussions of any kind. The question of […]

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Understanding the Old Testament

June 21st, 2010 · No Comments

The previous link http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/were-adam-and-eve-real/ cites this essay at Biologos: http://biologos.org/blog/adam-and-eve-literal-or-literary/ I find it hard to grasp that liberal non-fundamentalist Christians at this point could still get stuck here, but the perception of history created by the Old Testament is no doubt to blame, despite the subtle nature of that text. Please without fail sit down […]

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Tags: The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

How Karen Armstrong cleverly concealed the Axial Age

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation The appearance of The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong has introduced a new set of confusions into the question of the Axial Age. Our previous remarks about a so-called ‘Second Axial Age’ show how the analysis can go awry if we identify the Axial period with the phenomenon of religion. […]

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Review of The Rape of Troy

May 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

My Amazon review of The Rape of Troy came online. Applying random evolution thinking to Greek history is a dangerous thing to do. The Greek Axial Age is a spectacular episode of non-random historical evolution.

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Tags: Booknotes · Evolution · The Axial Age

How K. Armstrong wrecked the idea of the Axial Age

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Karen Armstrong on the Axial Age Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation is one of the most confused books on an important subject, and may have succeeded in destroying the whole subject. Society, and reductionist science, doesn’t want anyone to know what the Axial Age really was, and Armstrong managed to completely confuse the whole idea. […]

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Axial Age Greece

May 21st, 2010 · No Comments

After reviewing today a book on evolutionary psychology and the Homeric Greeks, I would suggest getting clear about the Axial Age and the Greek version especially: Archaic Greece: The Clue

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Review of The Rape of Troy: an evo-psych piece on Homeric Greece

May 21st, 2010 · No Comments

The Rape of Troy: Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer [Paperback] Gottschall Jonathan Review: Archaic Greece, the Axial Age, and Darwinian confusions about history, May 21, 2010 By John C. Landon I review this piece of evolutionary psychology dealing with Homeric Greece. It looks plausible on one level, but the question of the Greeks, […]

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Confucius and Axial Age

May 21st, 2010 · No Comments

The Evolution of the Confucian Way The Confucian way didn’t evolve (in the sense here), it appeared in relation to the Axial Age. Arnhart uses provocative descriptions that ruin everything he touches, but does make a superficial case for Darwinian idiocy: I see the debate over evolutionary ethics as showing the contrast between two opposing […]

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Ages of revelation: the greek archaic

May 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Archaic Greece: the clue The great irony: the Axial Age, in showing the Greek Axial period to be a correlate of the Israelite, shows that there is a unity of sacred and secular. Both side of the Darwin debate fail!

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Mispreceptions of Axial period

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Look beyond the celestial and discover sacredness of Earth’s ecosystems By Other Voices May 12, 2010, 4:01AM Interesting but flawed reasoning on the Axial Age. The problem is that this period is something far broader than the question of monotheism, or religion The steady hemorrhaging of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is an urgent […]

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The public curious, but stymied, on question of Axial Age

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

One of the most popular posts on this blog: Karen Armstrong on the Axial Age The public is curious, but stymied, on the question of the Axial Age. The mainstream Darwin camp refuses to even discuss this phenomenon in our historical backyard. Armstrong’s analysis is hopelessly flawed.

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Involution?

May 17th, 2010 · 3 Comments

We already linked to Dembski’s post at UD: Ulrich Mohrhoff on the Hindu alternative to materialism and ID, and there is another link: Beyond Natural Selection and Intelligent Design: Sri Aurobindo’s Theory of Evolution Ulrich J Mohrhoff Abstract An outline of Sri Aurobindo’s theory of spiritual evolution is presented. Ultimate Reality relates to each world […]

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Tags: Evolution · General · The Axial Age · The Eonic Effect

Religion/secularism in the Axial Age

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

On the Axial Age A careful study of the Axial Age in light of the eonic effect (in this passage from the third edition, about to go offline as the fourth edition appears) can show the way that the myths of revelation were right and wrong in ways that many non-religious secularists also get wrong. […]

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Tags: secularism · The Axial Age