global-community

 

 

With Harold Rosen (www.interfaitheducation.org)

A sense of world history often emerges as we mature individually. A parallel process applies to humanity collectively, as broad patterns become more visible. We can now see that by the year 1500, four long-standing, regional civilizations were dominant – China, India, Christian Europe, and Islamic Middle East – each inspired by distinct religious and cultural ideals. Yet in the last 500 years, scientific, technological and ideological developments brought major opportunities and challenges.  These include knowledge explosions, democratizing movements, individualism, colonialism, nationalism, many wars, as well as declining religions and the breakdown of regional civilizations.

Start Date: February 2, 2017 (6 Sessions)

Day: Thursday

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fee: Member$40/series or $7 per session

Non-member $50/series or $10 per session

Location: 32444 7th Ave. Mission

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A sense of world history often emerges as we mature individually. A parallel process applies to humanity collectively, as broad patterns become more visible. We can now see that by the year 1500, four long-standing, regional civilizations were dominant – China, India, Christian Europe, and Islamic Middle East – each inspired by distinct religious and cultural ideals. Yet in the last 500 years, scientific, technological and ideological developments brought major opportunities and challenges.  These include knowledge explosions, democratizing movements, individualism, colonialism, nationalism, many wars, as well as declining religions and the breakdown of regional civilizations.

Do such historic shifts make a clash of worldviews inevitable?

Can we sustain the modern pattern of national sovereignties?

Are we dangerously adrift in a planet-wide moral vacuum?

Or is humanity in transition to a global community with more positive than negative potential?

Let’s explore key unfolding of recent centuries along with current assessments, in search of realistic hope and guiding wisdom.

  1. Renaissance, Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment: 1500 to 1750
  2. Islamic Middle East and India: 1500 to 1700
  3. Decline of Indian, Chinese and Islamic Civilizations: 1650 to 1900
  4. European Great Powers and Colonial Domination: 1700 to 1900
  5. Decline of Christendom East and West: 1700 to 1900
  6. From Sovereign Nations to Global Community: 1900 to 2100