“Silent Night Thinking”
Summary of the work: In his book Historical Research, Toynbee discusses the relationship between people and religion and the social function of religion from a secular and rational perspective. This is completely different from the irrational mystic belief of orthodox religions. He pointed out that beliefs in pursuing ideal goals, answering questions about people’s status and values in the universe, people’s customs and ethical norms, etc. can be called religion. Toynbee’s “pan-religious view” that distinguishes from orthodox religions gives new content and ethical value to “belief”.
The work “Silent Night Thinking” is based on this “pan-religious view” and people-centred religious view. It depicts a fresh and quiet image of Shami, which is gradually farther away from earthly emotions, trying to explore how this culture based on “belief” fundamentally shapes people’s culture. Spirit promotes people to form stable values and thinking patterns, which in turn has a lasting and extensive impact on human society.