Humanity’s Second Spiritual Age

June 5, 2011
By Duane Elgin
Huffington Post

The phrase “axial age” has been used to describe the relatively brief period of time – roughly 700 years – when the great religions of the world arose: Hinduism and Buddhism in India; Confucianism and Taoism in China; and monotheism in the Middle East. The period from roughly 900 BC to 200 BC is referred to as an “axial age” because it set the orientation or direction for spirituality for more than two thousand years into the future.