Unformatted text preview: d) The Role of “Spiritual technology” i) The Golden Rule ii) Meaning of “ Ekstasis” e) Degenerated into “institutional egotism” i) Manifestations of religiously motivated intolerance, hatred, and violence ii) Departure from the spirit of the Axial sages (1) Emphasis was on praxis and self-reform (2) Wisdom forged in crisis; compassion borne of violence III) How does the Axial Age relate to us? a) Are we also at a pivotal point in history? b) Why bother with the Axial sages? i) “If religion is to bring light to our broken world, we need, as [the 5 th century BCE Chinese philosopher] Mencius suggested, to go in search of the lost heart, the spirit of compassion that lies at the core of all the traditions”...
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- Winter '08
- Karen Armstrong, Axial Age, Karl Jaspers, Axial sages