The return of the Sacred: A Common Ground

by Antonio T. de Nicolas, PhD

How and where can East and West meet? Can the West talk to the East, and if the East talks to the West how, and where does the dialogue begin? This paper is an effort to find the common place for a dialogue that can bring back the sacred to a divided human species.

The context of the present essay is that of modernism. Modernism has been with Western tradition for a long time and it will, in all probability, continue for some time to come. The advantage of the present time is that for the first time in its history, modernism has exhausted itself and has come to form part, at least theoretically, of past history, of one of the shores of the next dialectical move in the movement of history. Properly speaking, what we are doing here today is part of a new period known as post-modern.

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