A Bell Curve: The Rise and Decline of Traditional Religion

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AuthorHouse, Jun 7, 2011 - Religion - 408 pages

From earliest times humanity has sought to understand its place and role in the world, has sought for meaning. Wherever human beings are to be found myth, and extra-historical record of who we are, has always played a vital role in this regard, Traditional religion, by comparison, has only emerged in the last 2,500 years. This book summarizes the history of mans religious endeavors, and shows how much of religion, over time, has anything but aided its followers in their journey through life.

Because traditional religion is failing to meet our spiritual needs, people are moving from heteronomy to autonomy as they assume responsibility for their own journeys. A continuing survey, begun at the turn of the century, reveals that 36 percent of the participants believe that the American dream is achieved through spiritual fulfillment. A never ending stream of articles, in a variety of journals, bear witness to the this trend, as well as to the many new means now exercised in order to nourish ones spirituality. The relevance of myth has been renewed while that of religion is in decline in the West. Martin Luthers pronouncement, Every man is a priest, is becoming a fact.

 

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Contents

The Source for the Concept of Gods The Bicameral Mind 3 3 7
37
Vestiges of the Bicameral Mind 8 5 7
83
The Axial Age 11 6 7
117
The Rise of Religion 13 7 5
135
Christian Europe 14 8 5
142
Mysticism and Myth in Religion 16 9 1
161
The Best Laid Plans 17 10 3
173
Renaissance and Reform 19 11 1
191
Religion and Ethics 23 13 9
239
Religion and the New Reality 26 14 1
277
Symbols and Symbiosis 28 15 5
285
Religion in the New Millennium 30 16 5
305
Notes
341
Appendix A Two Versions of The Flood
367
Appendix B Passages from Code Name God by Mani Bhaumik
375
Humanitys Relation to Ethics
381

The Great Western Transformation 20 12 7
205

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About the author (2011)

Andrew Friend has two seminary degrees and served as a missionary in three different countries. Due to growing doubts about Christianity he left the church twenty five years ago, and has been compiling and processing information about religion and its role in life ever since. He lives in America.

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