2012 and the End of the World: The Western Roots of the Maya by Matthew Restall, Amara Solari

By Matthew Restall, Amara Solari

Did the Maya rather are expecting that the area could lead to December of 2012? If now not, how and why has 2012 millenarianism received such well known allure? during this deeply a professional ebook, major historians of the Maya resolution those questions in a succinct, readable, and available kind. Matthew Restall and Amara Solari introduce, clarify, and finally demystify the 2012 phenomenon. they start via in short studying the facts for the prediction of the world's lead to historic Maya texts and pictures, interpreting accurately what Maya monks did and didn't prophesize. The authors then convincingly convey how 2012 millenarianism has roots some distance in time and position from Maya cultural traditions, yet in these of medieval and Early glossy Western Europe. Revelatory any myth-busting, whereas closing firmly grounded in old truth, this interesting ebook should be crucial examining because the countdown to December 21, 2012, starts off.

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DAVID: The doctrine of limbo was a theological conclusion from a hypothesis of Saint Augustine. Augustine conceived of original sin as original guilt, transmitted at conception to each human individual. Hence all of humanity is a massa damnata, an accursed mass, redeemed by Christ but still subject to sin; even the act of conceiving a child, the sex act, is for Augustine at least minimally sinful. Augustine's is only one possible solution to the theological issue of human propensity to sin, but his solution prevailed because of his exceptional importance in Western theology.

Although people normally are unaware of this, this question got scientists into modern physics. In the nineteenth century, Michael Faraday and Clerk Maxwell developed a comprehensive theory of electromagnetism, which culmi­ nated in the discovery that light consists of rapidly alternating electric and magnetic fields that travel through space as waves. These fields are nonmechanical entities, and Maxwell's equations, which describe their exact behavior, were the first theory that went beyond Newtonian mechanics.

Using the tree as a metaphor, theology would deal with the roots and science with the branches. Now, obviously there will be an overlap, because what is a deep level of reality and what is an outer level of reality can only be loosely defined. So there will be an interface. At that interface, science and reli­ gion traditionally got into trouble and now can inspire one another. Well, they did not always get into trouble traditionally. There were periods in history in which a particular religion was really carry­ ing the whole scientific endeavor of the time.

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