William McGaughey, the author of this e-book, published “Five Epochs of Civilization” in 2000. This discussion is adapted from a chapter in that book. McGaughey was program chair of the 2011 conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations held at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Personality and belief in religion as it has changed through the agesby William McGaughey
In this regard, we see that belief and
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Religion is not just religion in a conventional or traditional sense but what people truly believe. It is what they want to be or become. This religion could involve belief in God or belief in Money (Mammon). It could be social climbing or it could be the pursuit of truth. Religion embodies the values of a society.
In this regard, we see that belief and personality are key aspects of religion. Viewed in a dispassionate way, we can see that religion has changed over the ages as humanity has acquired new kinds of belief and new models of personality.
Following the scheme of world history presented in “Five Epochs of Civilization”, this book takes us on a tour of religion from prehistoric times into the computer age. The values of each epoch of world history are consistent with the dominant institutions of society. You will be amazed to see the changes in what you or your neighbor worship or have worshipped.
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