Why did an ancient Egyptian king erase all gods but Aten? | Aeon Essays

The eonic model has a very cogent answer to the question about the failure of monotheism in the Aten era: the momentum of Egyptian religions was too great. But more than that we see the issue of what we call stream and sequence, or continuous histories and transitional intervals in the macrosequence. Very often to a close look an innovation is anticipated in the stream history, but goes nowhere. And then in a transition interval it is picked up and amplified and moves into mainstream history. The history of Israel is a classic case. And the frontier effect with Egypt is also significant…

Out of the many gods of ancient Egypt an inspired Pharaoh created a monotheistic faith. What was Atenism and why did it fail?

Source: Why did an ancient Egyptian king erase all gods but Aten? | Aeon Essays

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