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A Bell Curve
     

A Bell Curve

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by Andrew Friend
 

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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 man's

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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 man's 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 one's spirituality. The relevance of myth has been renewed while that of religion is in decline in the West. Martin Luther's pronouncement, " Every man is a priest," is becoming a fact.

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ISBN-13:
9781456758035
Publisher:
AuthorHouse
Publication date:
06/03/2011
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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A Bell Curve: The Rise and Decline of Traditional Religion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good overview of how religion began and got to be where it is today. Hundreds of books, events, political leaders, theologians and philosophers are drawn upon. It is a great introduction for anyone curious about why religion is the way it is. Even if you have more that a basic knowledge of history you will be introduced to people and events you didn't know or have forgotten about.