Short History of World Religions Roberto Vivo

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Published: March 21st 2012

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Short History of World Religions  by  Roberto  Vivo

Short History of World Religions by Roberto Vivo
March 21st 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 381 pages | ISBN: | 9.41 Mb

During these last years, I have been thinking mostly about peace, which is the theme of the other book. My enthusiasm has led me to a thorough search of how peace has been reached in some periods of history, how such peace was held in criticalMoreDuring these last years, I have been thinking mostly about peace, which is the theme of the other book. My enthusiasm has led me to a thorough search of how peace has been reached in some periods of history, how such peace was held in critical moments, who have been the victorious ones, and also which have been the worst threatens. History can teach us a lot about our success and mistakes.I think that religions are a key part of this subtle balance which is the peaceful human coexistence.

Paradoxically, their messages have inspired many people who have been able to embody their love towards others in a noble way, and have awaken other fanatic attitudes giving rise to intolerance or even death. I believe that this paradox should be able to be explained.In the following chapters, I have tried to review the history of mankind (logically, in a short and simplified version) within a religious dimension.

This approach is based on the hypothesis that great motivations have been founded on profound ideas and beliefs, many times inspired in religious convictions. Great heroisms, but also great miseries, have adopted the religious faith as cause or pretext. For better or for worse, the largest spiritual currents were involved with most of the steps taken by man.Meanwhile, as futurologist Alvin Toffler points out, the global system of the 21st century is witnessing the historical coexistence – if at different paces of development – of first wave (agricultural) societies side by side with nations of the second wave (industrial) and alongside a new political entity that is a product of the third wave (knowledge): post-national States of imprecise boundaries.

Within this context two potential powers gain greater strength and scope all the time: multinational companies and religions.[2]Chapter 1 of this book takes a look at the scientific explanations most highly accepted today among specialists regarding the origins and evolution of the universe, the planet Earth, the different species and Man.

There is a reason for this deliberately scientific focus: If in the other chapters the aim is to analyze the views of the great religions regarding Mankind and the world, it is also important to express the views of science on these subjects.Chapter 2 provides an analysis, based on the contributions of numerous anthropologists and historians, of the first known manifestations of religiosity, and the first developmental stages of religious (or mythical) systems of belief formed by Man.The other chapters look at the most important religions known today, in order of their historical appearance.

Here, I have endeavored to explore the doctrinal and historical factors that tended to mold each of these religions. Chapter 3 analyzes Hinduism and Buddhism, Chapter 4 Taoism and Confucianism, Chapter 5 Judaism, Chapter 6 Christianity and Chapter 7 Islam. For reasons of space - and so as not to abuse the reader’s patience – I have sometimes reduced to just a few paragraphs topics or historical periods that might well have developed into several books of their own.

Entering into such detail remains a task for other authors and for specialized academic ends. Here what I have endeavored to do is provide those who knew little or nothing about the world’s major religions with an understanding of their most important principles and within the historical context in which they developed.I cannot demonstrate that major social and cultural changes always have some religious belief at their base.

Indeed, this is very likely not the case, but rather that the origin of these great mutations also contains, along with spiritual or religious variables, linguistic, political, economic, demographic, environmental, technological and other types of elements.



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