06/03/2013

An Outline of Apocalyptic Theology from Zoroaster to Al Gore

This Outline traces how  a well-defined apocalyptic worldview made its first appearance around 1500 BCE in the teachings of a Persian prophet by the name of Zoroaster. These teachings were further developed in a great body of literature known as Jewish Apocalyptic in the 2nd Century BCE. This mode of thinking was then taken up in Apocalyptic Christianity. These deep apocalyptic roots have finally found expression in more secular apocalyptic movements such as Marxism and Environmentalism. What all these apocalyptic movements have in common is the shared myth of some ideal or Golden Age at the beginnings of human history and the myth that somehow mankind has fallen away from what things used to be or should have been. Apocalyptic in whatever form is “a theology of despair” in that it takes the pessimistic view that the world and the human condition continues to deteriorate and hastens to some cataclysmic end. This Outline concludes with a far more optimistic view of human history – constant improvement of the human condition and a future that is “infinite in all directions”.

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Outline of ApocalypticTheology from Zoaraster to Al Gore

 

 

 

05/03/2013

From Retaliation To Unconditional Love: The Grand Narrative of Human Exodus

In this essay, Wendell Krossa (www.wendellkrossa.com) looks at human history in terms of a great Exodus journey from mankind’s primitive animal past. The dawning and development of human consciousness leads us away from all forms of retaliation, including the forms that have been scralized by religion, to the practice of unconditional love.

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