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Reconciling evolution and religion, doing it right

March 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Mysterious Drumbeat Reconciling religion and evolution (as opposed to Christianity and Darwinism) is quite easy if you examine the evidence of the eonic effect and its perception of evolution, and the emergence of religion, in tandem, in the same model of historical evolution. The question of the Axial Age is crucial here. This is not […]

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Religion: history and evolution

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments

History And Evolution, Darwinian Or Eonic? The question of ‘evolution in history’, visible in the Axial period and its gestation of religions is one of the most elusive answers to the question of evolution and religion. And yet the scientific/Darwinian substitute is unable to penetrate the logic of religious history/evolution.

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Evolution, art, language, morality, and tragic genre

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments

Top ranked post this month: Evolution and the Tragic Genre The idea of the evolution of morality is matched in the Axial data (thus the eonic effect, as ‘eonic evolution’) by the sudden appearance of the tragic genre. This is a spectacular example of the fine-grain of evolution, something unexpected, which will forever after caution […]

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God is dead? But you still have to explain the Axial Age

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments

The Axial Transitions The last post on Ruse expresses the nausea that arises from Darwinian accounts of morality. The garbage from Nietzsche, ‘god is dead’, is such a botched phrase, and shouldn’t ever enter the discussion. OK, set aside ‘god’ as a concept/term, but the question of the evolution of morality remains a non-trivial process […]

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Religion and evolution: the Axial Age, and the eonic effect

March 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Stream and Sequence: The ‘Axial’ Transitions To find the grounds for a perspective that is both religious and scientific requires a whole new perspective on science and a complete debriefing of religious monotheism. A look at the eonic effect, and thence the Axial Age, shows how that could be done. It is too easy to […]

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Science in world history

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

The Case of the Missing Centuries We already commented today on Ferris’ new book The Science Of Liberty. I haven’t read the book yet, and on one level his thinking may be straightforward, but it is NOT true that science led to the emergence of liberalism. The parallel independent emergence of liberalism and science is […]

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

Scientists afraid of public discussion of the Axial Age

February 14th, 2010 · No Comments

On the Axial Age The previous post/reference to a new paper on religion as genetic adaptation calls for still another reminder of the question of the Axial Age. It is interesting to observe scientists on this issue: confront them if you can and watch the reaction. Usually they will remain silent, change the subject, terminate […]

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Wright’s book in a void: its subject matter never mentioned

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Danger: Teleologist at work! Robert Wright’s The Evolution of God Review of Wright at the Hellfire Club. Wright’s book is caught between two stools: he doesn’t satisfy theists or atheists. The main flaw in Wright’s book, for a student of the eonic effect, is the failure to see that his subject matter pertains to the […]

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The Axial Age cover up

December 12th, 2009 · No Comments

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Axial Age and design?

December 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Stream and Sequence: The ‘Axial’ Transitions One of the ironies of the discovery of the Axial Age is the realization that design arguments, as current, won’t work anymore for monotheism, and that the ‘design’ of history shows the equal emergentism of the Indian, Chinese, Israelite/Persian, and Greek phases of emergentism. We need a new kind […]

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The Axial Age and the ‘evolution’ of religion

November 16th, 2009 · No Comments

The Evolution of the God Gene Having criticized Wade on the evolution of religion, I don’t reject out of hand the correlation of genetics and some aspect of ‘human nature’ connected somehow with ‘religion’, a fairly vague statement. Man, since the Great Explosion, so-called, has had a ‘spiritual’ component to his psyche that noone has […]

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The Old Testament Riddle

November 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Canaan and ‘Israel/Judah’: The Old Testament Riddle As with the previous post, we have lost the key to the riddle of the Old Testament history, or, at least, the history that is part of the Axial Age. The irony is that we cannot use the idea of ‘god’ to come to an understanding of that […]

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Armstrong’s confusion over Axial Age

October 21st, 2009 · No Comments

One of the most popular posts on this blog: Karen Armstrong on Axial Age http://darwiniana.com/2005/11/20/karen-armstrong-on-axial-age/

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Archaic Greece

October 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Archaic Greece: The Clue The Old Testament is completely confusing because it is operating on two levels. It can help to look at the parallel Axial Age phenomenon of Greece to see that the remarkable nature of the era has nothing as such to do with religion.

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Another Danielou book

September 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Over at The Gurdjieff Con we have been looking at the writings of Danielou on Indian religion, and here’s another such book: Shiva and the Primordial Tradition This perspective can throw external students for a loop, as they might feel less disoriented with the later, streamlined traditions of Buddhism (and the confused Hinduism) or Vedanta, […]

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Wright’s refusal to examine Axial Age explanation

September 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

U.S. author traces “evolution” of God Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:03am By Ed Stoddard Wright’s book is observing the sudden accelerated appearance of a new updated monotheism, as a result of the effect of the Axial Age. His refusal to look at this phenomenon to produce instead a bogus theory based on the theory of […]

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Logos/mythos issue in Armstrong

September 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The Nature of Myth – And More Good Stuff by Robert Bringhurst This blogger at Beliefnet picks up the ‘logos/mythos’ nonsense that is peddled by Karen Armstrong, originally in The Battle For God. The question of logos, and mythos, as handled by Armstrong is a cliche argument against the backdrop of the gross distortion of […]

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An ‘axial age’ of liberalism

August 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Liberalism has let itself become a kind of false ideology associated with Darwinism and scientism, and it has become in part for that reason the object of hatred by religious conservatives who now associate it with atheism, but the real history of liberalism is something far deeper, with a connection to a ‘transcendent’ realm greater […]

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Spengler/Toyngee confusions

August 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The end was nigh Richard Overy’s comprehensive account of the fear of ‘civilisational decline’ that gripped Britain between the world wars, writes Matthew Price, poses more than a few challenges for the doomsayers of today. The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars Richard Overy Allen Lane Dh152 The West, it seems, is living through a […]

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The Great Freedom Sutra

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The issue of Buddhism is a confusing one. But one thing to consider is that it came into existence in the wake of the Axial Age, and then straddled an entire age until the modern, at which point its impetus began to fail. We see the desperation in the attempts to cast its ‘seeds’ in […]

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Wilson’s false Darwinism can’t explicate warfare

August 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Evolution and War: Basic and Advanced I have criticized Wilson already here, and Huffpost for giving him an exclusive forum. Now Wilson wishes to pontificate on warfare and evolution, accusing John Horgan of flunking Evolution 101. Beware of Darwininists who claim to understand such a complex question, and please note that they pacific impulses are, […]

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Sci/religon debates fail to understand OT

August 17th, 2009 · No Comments

The Old Testament as eonic data In all the debates over science vs religion (and/or atheism vs theism/deism), the enigma of the Old Testament fails to gain any traction. Either the account is of a set of superstitions or it is an account of supernaturalism. The real key to the OT lies in the eonic […]

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Evolution, religion, the Axial Age, macro/micro

August 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Beware of gurus and New Age hypesters pontificating on the subject of evolution. I strongly recommend a look at the sense of ‘evolution’ following the data on the eonic effect, from World History and the Eonic Effect, starting here: Mysterious drumbeat to begin to get a sense of the tremendous scale and complexity of ‘evolution’ […]

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Samkhya and the Axial Age

August 3rd, 2009 · No Comments

One of the considerable mysteries of world religion, and the Axial Age is the emergence of Samkhya: An Evolutionary Psychology: Classical Samkhya

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