Spiritual Renaissances: Creative Episodes in the drama of History (Lecture series)
Dates: 7 Wednesdays (Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18)
Time: 7-9 PM
Presenter: Harold Rosen
Cost: $60 for all 7 nights OR $15 per evening (purchase individually)
What brings about creative episodes in humanity’s journey across the ages? World history shows remarkable periods of extensive learning and cultural refinement – inspired by religious renewal and spirituality.
Each religious civilization can be viewed in ‘seasonal’ terms – going through a spiritual spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Let’s take an eagle-eye look at several Spiritual Summers, Renaissances or Golden Ages – including Israel’s United Monarchy… Classical Persia… Athens and Alexandria… Gupta India… Tang China… Christian Byzantium… Charlemagne’s Europe… Islamic Persia and Spain – then we’ll share futuristic glimpses of a possible Global Civilization.
This stimulating survey will cast light on humanity’s quest for a constructive breakthrough today.
Weekly lecture schedule:
Religious Civilizations in ‘seasonal’ terms – spiritual spring, summer, autumn & winter… Spiritual Summers as Golden Ages
David & Solomon in Israel… Cyrus & Darius in Zoroastrian Persia
Periclean Athens & its Cultural Legacy… Northern Egypt’s Metropolis of Learning
Spiritually Motivated Rulers & Patrons of Arts & Sciences in South & East Asia
Eastern Christendom centered in Constantinople… Western Christendom centered in Aachen
Eastern Islam centered in Baghdad… Western Islam centered in Cordova
Considering possible dimensions of Global Governance, World Culture & Learning
Rosen has three master's degrees: one in education, one in religion and one in philosophy. His most recent book is Founders of Faith: The Parallel Lives of God's Messengers (2010).
Rosen has worked and travelled in Israel, Greece, England, India, China, Japan, Korea and Turkey.