IT HAS BEEN said that we cannot save our planet unless humankind undergoes a widespread spiritual and religious awakening. So let’s ask ourselves this question: would we recognise a worldwide spiritual awakening if we saw one? Or let me put the question another way: what if there is already in place a large-scale spiritual awakening and we are simply not recognising it?

In a seminal work, The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong details the origins of our religious traditions during what is called the Axial Age, a 700-year period dating from 900 to 200 BCE, during which much of ...


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