What does Big History Do for the Study of Religion?


Author: Spooner, Brian
Almanac: Evolution:Evolutionary Trends, Aspects, and Patterns

Abstract

Religion, historically, has provided the understanding we need for everything beyond our immediate experience in the absence of science, ideology, philosophy. Big History provides a more comprehensive and valid understanding, at a time when religion is losing its appeal and social change is making it less socially workable. It enables us to see not only the significance of literacy and various social and demographic factors, but also what we may learn about the human propensity for religion from other academic disciplines outside the humanities and the social sciences.

Keywords: atheism, Axial Age, ideology, literacy, sociality, science, philosophy.