THE AXIAL AGE AND RELIGION IN AUSTRALIA TODAY: Downloadable PDF

THE AXIAL AGE AND RELIGION IN AUSTRALIA TODAY: Downloadable PDF

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Philip Hughes

In my book, Charting the Trends in Australian Religion: 30 Years in the Christian Research Association (Hughes, 2016), I suggested that we may be moving into a second axial age. In an interview following the release of the book, I was asked what I meant by that. I had in mind the huge change in the nature of faith in Australia that has occurred since the 1960s: from something that is dominated by religious institutions to a much more personal spirituality, owned and developed by individuals. However, the question motivated me to look more closely at the development and nature of the Axial Age and what might be corresponding changes today. One of the books that proved very helpful in those reflections was the collection of essays edited by Robert Bellah and Hans Joas (2012), The Axial Age and Its Consequences. I have referred to many of the essays in this monograph.


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