A history of religion East and West; an introduction and by Trevor Ling

By Trevor Ling

The non secular traditions of Asia and Europe, the 'East' and 'West' of the identify, are often considered as being in sharp distinction with one another, the single 'mystical', the opposite 'prophetic'. at any time when their religions will not be so contrasted they're often taken care of in isolation from one another: the faith of Israel, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Dr Ling, besides the fact that, stresses that there's substantial overlap and interpenetration among the 2 varieties and components, and that it is very important see the old inter-relation among those religions and to monitor how, in the course of given sessions of background, there are parallel advancements or major divergences. He covers the interval 1500 B.C. to the current time, delivering an summary of the improvement of Asian and eu non secular traditions and associations, and discussing the social and fiscal elements all in favour of the improvement of religous traditions, even if he exhibits that such components on my own don't account for the non secular lifetime of guy. Dr Ling is going directly to interpret the modern value of those religions and their strength for the longer term lifetime of humanity. He means that the current degree of spiritual enhance is characterized through open-endedness in the direction of the long run; no longer all religions convey this personality, yet none has but exhausted the chances of improvement. This ebook is meant to be used an an advent to the learn of faith. even supposing reference is made within the textual content to resources of extra details, the publication can be utilized regardless of them.

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By this is meant a law of moral cause and effect which operates automatically and externally throughout the whole universe. It is in its relation to human beings, however, that the significance of this notion comes out most clearly, and provides one of the major factors in the development of Indian religious ideas. At the human level karma means that what a man is in this present life has been determined by his conduct in previous lives. Similarly, his conduct in this life will determine the kind of life he will lead in his next existence.

Out of Egypt came Israel, at first glad to shake Egypt's dust from their feet, reviling everything Egyptian, and most of all perhaps, monarchical rule, against which, it must not be forgotten, the Exodus was a revolt. To Israel escaping there came the awareness of spiritual reality of another kind, formulated in other terms. It came to them through their own prophet-leader; the awareness first experienced by him of personal encounter with a spiritual being whose nature was supremely that of compassion, one who had heard the cry of the afflicted Hebrews and knew their sorrows (Exod.

For by this time the Aryans had certainly become as much an agricultural as a pastoral, herd-keeping people. Agriculture only with difficulty established itself among them as a respectable occupation, however, and seems to have been looked upon as a rather demeaning activity, at least by those whose interests are reflected in the hymns - the aristocracy of horse-riding warriors and hereditary priests. A certain amount of intermarriage was now taking place between some of the Aryan tribesmen and the dark-skinned Dravidian women, and in this way a lower class of Aryan society, less hostile to agricultural pursuits, was gradually developing.

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