The End of Christianity?
Nov 4, 2004
Christianity will be eclipsed in England by spirituality in 30 years, new research claims. The UK TIMES ONLINE reports on the collapse of traditional religion and the rise of mysticism, in a New Romantics movement that may prove more significant than the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. [ Visit Website ]
Futures Journal Focuses on Religion
Oct 15, 2004
FUTURES, the premier professional journal of policy, planning and futures studies turns its November issue over to William Sims Bainbridge who has brought together a great collection of articles for religious futurists. See the abstracts and subscription links.
Virtual Culture Wars?
Oct 8, 2004
Iplasma.com is an example of a next generational right wing electronic spiritual community that seeks to reverse what they see as cultural decline. They create “iPockets” or cells of people that meet online to develop solidarity. Is this the next expression of the Moral Majority? It may be too early to tell, but Peer-to-Peer technology is definitely shaping religion and civil society. [ Visit Website ]
The End of Faith
Oct 5, 2004
At last we have a book that focuses on the common thread that links Islamic terrorism with the irrationality of all religious faith. The End of Faith by Sam Harris will challenge not only Muslims but Hindus, Jews and Christians as well. -Peter Singer [ Visit Website ]
The Future of Transmodern Spirituality
Aug 3, 2004
At the World Future Society annual conference, August 1, 2004, WNRF chairman, Dr. Rabbi Moshe Dror joined Jay Gary, Todd Johnson and Cassidy Dale for a session on scenarios and change drivers leading to postmodern spirituality. Here is a 1.3 meg handout of their powerpoint slides, in Adobe Reader (.pdf) format. [ Visit Website ]
Is Transhumanism Compatible with Religion?
Jul 17, 2004
Can there be a spiritual dimension to secular pursuits toward techno-immortality? From Aug. 5-8, TransVision 2004 explored the theme "Faith, Transhumanism and Hope" in a Toronto symposium, follow-on conference entitled, "Transvision: Art and Life in the Posthuman Era." Join transhumanist thinkers, artists, scientists and ethicists for a wide ranging discussion on concepts like the Singularity, artificial intelligence and the future of humans. [ Visit Website ]
Wired Churches, Wired Temples
In December 2000, Pew Internet & American Life Project completed a study revealing how U.S. churches and synagogues are taking their mission into Internet. Over 1,300 congregations responded to an online survey that asked how they built and use their Web sites, how congregations and leaders use email, and whether their use of Internet tools has helped the spiritual and everyday life of their members. Check out how the Internet has become a vital force in many faith communities. [ Visit Website ]
E.T. and God
Could earthly religions survive the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe? In this Atlantic Monthly feature, Paul Davies claims the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe would not have to be theologically devastating. [ Visit Website ]
Can God Handle the 21st Century?
Aug 6, 2003
As humanity heads into the third millennium, the world is becoming increasingly complex, chaotic, and unpredictable. Are the great religious traditions meeting the changing life conditions of our time? Do we need a new spirituality to show us the way ahead? The lastest issue of "What is Enlightenment?" magazine looks into the future and asks the question: "Can God handle the 21st century?" Explore the question from an esoteric angle. [ Visit Website ]
Conexuspress Founder Dies
May 12, 2003
Joel D. Beversluis, interfaith publisher and organizer, died March 26th, from cancer. He was age 54. Beversluis founded Conexuspress.com, to publish interfaith-related directories and books that promote peace, ecology and justice. As of July 2003, James McCloud, of Solon, Ohio, bought Joel's publishing business and intends to continue to publish books, calendars and posters to promote inter-religious understanding.