What is the meaning of human history?

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Christian Theism

History is linear, a meaningful sequence of events leading to the fulfillment of God's purposes for humanity.

Deism

History is linear, for the course of the cosmos was determined at creation. Still the meaning of the events of history remains to be understood by the application of human reason to the data unearthed & made available to historians.

Naturalism

History is a linear stream of events linked by cause & effect but without an overarching purpose.

Nihilism

Denies the possibility of knowledge.

Atheistic Existentialism

Accepts naturalism's answer to WVQ 7.

Theistic Existentialism

History as a record of events is uncertain & unimportant, but history as a model or type or myth to be made present & lived is of supreme importance.

New Age or New Consciousness

History as a record of events that actually occurred in the past is of little interest, but cosmic history which ends with the deification of humanity, especially the individual human self, is seen as a great vision & a great hope.

Postmodernism

This viewpoint is in flux, as is its take on the significance of human history, including its own history.
(This is really a set of pressures on all world views existing today rather than a world view itself)

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