From Jaspers’ The Origin And Goal Of History
The following is the first chapter of Karl Jaspers’ The Origin And Goal Of History, “The Axial Period”.
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IN the Western World the philosophy of history was founded in the Christian faith. In a grandiose sequence of works ranging from St. Augustine to Hegel this faith visualised the movement of God through history. God’s acts of revelation repre¬sent the decisive dividing lines. Thus Hegel could still say: All history goes toward and comes from Christ. The appearance of the Son of God is the axis of world history. Our chronology bears daily witness to this Christian structure of history.