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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