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The Great Transformation - The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

Karen Armstrong

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From one of the world's leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God, The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase, comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions in world history and its relevance to our own time. In one astonishing, short period - the ninth century BCE - the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity into the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China; Hinduism and Buddhism in India; monotheism in Israel; and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Historians call this the Axial Age because of its central importance to humanity's spiritual development. Now, Karen Armstrong traces the rise and development of this transformative moment in history, examining the brilliant contributions to these traditions made by such figures as the Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Ezekiel. Armstrong makes clear that despite some differences of emphasis, there was remarkable consensus among these religions and philosophies: each insisted on the primacy of compassion over hatred and violence. She illuminates what this "family" resemblance reveals about the religious impulse and quest of humankind. And she goes beyond spiritual archaeology, delving into the ways in which these Axial Age beliefs can present an instructive and thought-provoking challenge to the ways we think about and practice religion today. A revelation of humankind's early shared imperatives, yearnings and inspired solutions - as salutary as it is fascinating. Excerpt from The Great Transformation: In our global world, we can no longer afford a parochial or exclusive vision. We must learn to live and behave as though people in remote parts of the globe were as important as ourselves. The sages of the Axial Age did not create their compassionate ethic in idyllic circumstances. Each tradition developed in societies like our own that were torn apart by

Language:

English

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12h 9m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:07


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:45


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:13


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:38


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:10


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:45


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:21


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:26


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:33


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:23


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:23


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:08


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:24


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:24


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:18


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:30


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:49


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:33


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:01


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:37


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:20


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:54


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:52


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:49


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:29


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:25


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:58


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:47


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:51


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:26


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:58


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:39


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:06


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:21


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:41


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:54


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:14


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:47


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:01


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:36


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:55


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:41


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:46


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:35


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:18


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:47


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:49


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:02


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:09


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:32


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:37


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:31


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:31


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:51


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:19


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:57


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:50


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:52


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:00


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:40


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:58


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:55


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:42


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:06


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:32


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:47


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:55


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:22


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:45


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:37


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:21


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:09


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:06


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:54


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:59


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:29


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:42


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:42


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:59


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:54


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:51


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:25


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:42


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:25


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:35


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:48


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:47


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:51


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:20


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:48


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:57