By Trevor Ling
The non secular traditions of Asia and Europe, the 'East' and 'West' of the identify, are often considered as being in sharp distinction with one another, the single 'mystical', the opposite 'prophetic'. every time their religions aren't so contrasted they're often handled in isolation from one another: the faith of Israel, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Dr Ling, besides the fact that, stresses that there's huge overlap and interpenetration among the 2 kinds and components, and that it is very important see the old inter-relation among those religions and to watch how, in the course of given sessions of background, there are parallel advancements or major divergences. He covers the interval 1500 B.C. to the current time, supplying an overview of the improvement of Asian and eu non secular traditions and associations, and discussing the social and financial elements interested in the improvement of religous traditions, even if he exhibits that such components on my own don't account for the non secular lifetime of guy. Dr Ling is going directly to interpret the modern value of those religions and their strength for the longer term lifetime of humanity. He means that the current degree of non secular boost is characterized by way of open-endedness in the direction of the long run; now not all religions convey this personality, yet none has but exhausted the probabilities of improvement. This e-book is meant to be used an an creation to the examine of faith. even though reference is made within the textual content to resources of extra info, the booklet can be utilized regardless of them.
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2); nor in India either until (also in the sixth century) there appear the Mahavira and the Buddha. , that is, the period immediately before and after the events which have just been related were taking place in Egypt and Canaan. c. 18), came to an end as other subsequent chapters of Indian history have done, partly because 26 Nomads, Peasants and Kings of internal decay, partly because of invasion from without. In this case it was the Aryans who were the invaders. , was gradually to impose itself on the earlier, Dravidian culture, and extend further and further into India from the river plains of the Punjab; this is a process which has continued for centuries and is still going on today.
Some scholars have suggested that it was of a priestly-hierarchical kind, but this remains uncertain. 19 Religious aspects ofthe Indus valley civilisation The main evidence upon which some reconstruction of religious practices may be based consists of the seals and statuettes found throughout the area. First, there are the many terra-cotta statuettes of a female figure evidently intended to suggest motherhood; so many of these have been found that they are generally regarded as evidence of the worship of a mother-goddess.
This involvement in the action is also characteristic of the classical Hebrew prophets: Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah; these were certainly men of action as well as of words. 4. Above all, Moses is the human agent through whom the events are interpreted to the people as the activity of God; it is he who invests them with meaning for Israel, meaning which it is given to the prophet to perceive. There is, however, another aspect of the activity of Moses according to Hebrew tradition, namely that of lawgiver.
A History of Religion East and West: An Introduction and Interpretation by Trevor Ling