I came across an interesting article about Karen Armstrong’s new book on a new Axial Age in modern times. For those who don’t know, the Axial Age was the time period from 800 BC to about 200 BC when most of the major religions were formed. To quote from the article:
Most significantly, it is the time when all the great world religions came into being. And in every single case, the spiritualities that emerged during the Axial Age—Taoism and Confucianism in China, monotheism in Israel, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism in India, and Greek rationalism in Europe—began with a recoil from violence, with looking into the heart to find the sources of violence in the human psyche.