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The Chart

Period Time Dominant Question(s) Significance
Christian Antiquity Ascension to 1650
(Old World)
What has God said? Locus of authority is extrinsic
Modernity 1650-1914
(Old World)
1789-1968 (New World)
Has God said? Locus of authority is intrinsic (via rationalism, empiricism or romanticism)
Post/Late/Liquid Modernity 1914-Present (Old World)

1968-Present (New World)

Who cares, who is asking, and what do they want? Authority, what's that?