The Future of Our Past
From Ancient Greece to the Global Village
Future of Our Past by Harold John Blackham
Book DescriptionHistory has become focused on the future; the age of the information superhighway finds us always looking to the next horizon. But will there be a future for humanity? Considering the dire threats from environmental degradation, nuclear proliferation, and vicious ethnic rivalries, one may wonder what sort of future if any is in store for humankind. Eminent scholar H J Blackham tells us our future, the outcome of our history, has already been mapped out. If we want to know where we're going, we need to embrace where we've been. The Western world must take the time to understand, appreciate, and learn from its rich past in order to move toward its future."The Future of Our Past" is a powerful thematic essay that follows the course of Western history into the post-religious present in terms of cultural inheritance and legacy. Pagan Greece, Yahweh's Judea, and Christian Rome are the three universal models that shaped the past and continue to shape the present. From the Renaissance through the Enlightenment and on into the modern industrial period, the West has evolved in often tumultuous ways. As science, politics, and economics grew and developed, they clashed with and finally broke away from the established religious viewpoint. What does the secular world offer us as a new vision of humanity? What, if any, hope can be found in the many upheavals in today's world? Blackham restores the idea that civilization is a precious inheritance of the past in which we all share. His valuable observations help us to appreciate our responsibility to preserve this legacy and pass it on to future generations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573920421
(230mm x 155mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Harold John Blackham
Six Existentialist Thinkers, Hardback (February 2016)
Includes summary but substantial accounts of the thought of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Jaspers, Marcel, Heidegger and Sartre, and a concluding essay that attempts to interpret the whole Existentialist movement.
Fable as Literature, Hardback (November 2013)
Previous edition published in 1985 by The Athlone Press.
Political Discipline in a Free Society, Paperback (July 2012)» View all books by Harold John Blackham
This text traces the rise and fall of political philosophies since the 17th century. The second part of the book shows how the general technique of cumulative learning from experience applies to social legislation and social services, party politics to defence strategy and to the trends that follow the modern explosion of knowledge and capital.
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Author Biography - Harold John Blackham
H.J. Blackham (Hereford, UK) is founder of the British Humanist Association, and author of Six Existentialists, The Fable as Literature, Humanism, and Religion in a Modern Society.
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