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1.3.2 Vehicles of Hope

Hidden structures in man's great religions and ideologies

A major work in the history of ideas analyzing the cognitive supports for hope of the future embedded in the doctrinal foundations of Buddhism, Christianity, and Marxism as they developed historically. An introductory analysis identifying the core function filled by religion in human affairs, as background to the detailed historical case studies that follow, pursued largely via primary sources in translation. The book ends by extending its perspective to an exploration of the issue of hope and the future in light of the impact of science on the grounds on which vehicles of hope have so far grown in cultural history.

In two Books
Book I: Introduction, Buddhism, Christianity, and Appendix
Book II: Marxism, Concluding chapter, and Bibliography

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