Within Hiduism, there has always been an undercurrent of monotheism. This monotheism particularly centers around Vishnu, in the form of Vaishnavism and the Bhakti movement surrounding it.
Vishnu is considered to have had many Avatars. Krishna has easily been the most popular, going back to well before the Christian era.
There is no historical context for Krishna's incarnation. Krishnaism, itself, is seen as a periodic revival movement within Hinduism, and also seen as an indigenous response to the various foreign intrusions of monotheism.
There has never been a prophetic aspect to Vaishnavism. That is the main point to be made.
The exception to prove this rule is the Buddhist savior, Maitreya......
Maitreya might, more accurately, be seen as a messianic figure within Buddhism and beyond.......
Maitreya has also been adopted for his millenarian role by many non-Buddhist religions in the past, such as the White Lotus, as well as by modern new religious movements,
The Millennarian spirit abides in all of us. Even a rigidly ahistoric, atheist, impersonal tradition, such as Buddhism, can hardly contain it.
For too long, this spirit has been contained under the aegis/Katechon of the establishments of science and religion.
Nay, it's not been for too long..... it's been for the proper amount of time, wouldn't you say?
Even the Evangelicals do their darnedest to suppress Millennarianism.
Yes, there have been periodic revival movements throughout the history of the US, even in colonial times...... Great Awakenings, numbering up to a half dozen. These great awakenings had more or less social/political impact, and they even run in parallel.
In every instance, however, the spiritual enthusiasm was channeled into notions of social progress.
Even the latest resurgence of the evangelicals, into mega churches, like GFC, was channeled into reforming the political landscape. However, in the current political season, with the dominance of a secular populist candidate over the xtian Right, this resurgence has devolved into mere jingoism and identity politics.
Is there anything bigger afoot......?
There is a general sense of an impending crisis.... some fin-de-siecle.
It encompasses both religious and secular premonitions. Significantly, though, these premonitions have been given very little cohesion. What little political focus there is, is seen in the venue of climate change.
It is noteworthy that the evangelicals give wide berth to that concern, and, more likely than not, they support the deniers.
Yes, there is an obvious venue for the emergence of Endtimes passions, and this is in guise of Wahhabism/ISIS.
Much of the orchestration of ISIS is centered on their notion of Armaggedon, a notion familiar within every branch of the prophetic tradition.
Within that tradition, the notion is either ignored or is taken quite literally.
This split, within the prophetic tradition, is generally characterized as millennialism v amillennialism, wherein millennialism is taken to include an entire eschatological package.
For how long do we wish to kick this can down the road......?
For all I know, we could keep kicking until the Sun goes out. OTOH, my phone might ring tomorrow. I keep my options open, but I do tend to lean toward resolution, sooner than later.
BTW, here's the latest from Gary, a-la John Horgan....... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/the-mind-body-problem-scientific-regress-and-woo/
Thomas Nagel is not the only insider to see a crisis brewing in science.
Is it noteworthy that John, while mentioning panpsychism several times, does not see fit to mention immaterialism? I don't believe that Thomas did, either. Immaterialism is untouchable.
The closest that John came to idealism was at the very beginning, when he noted that the traditional philosophical puzzle of why there is something rather than nothing, has given way, in his mind, to the mind-body problem. Get this......
The deepest of all scientific mysteries, I once thought, is why there’s something rather than nothing. Now I think mind is the deepest mystery, because without mind, there might as well be nothing.
If that is not spoken by a latent idealist.........