'New Reformation' Issues Challenge to Pope
Jun 8, 2005
Theologian Matthew Fox dramatizes his call for a "New Reformation" at the famous Wittenberg Cathedral, and in challenges the Pope, the Church and the World to rethink Christianity in a new book. Fox, a former Dominican priest and author of 26 popular religious and theological textbooks, is the founder of Wisdom University in Oakland, CA.
Future Islam Magazine Launched
June 1, 2005
Dr. Rashid Shaz, author of Understanding the Muslim Malaise, has been at the forefront of working for a regeneration in Islamic thought among Indian Muslims. In 2004, he founded Future Islam as a multi-lingual magazine to inquire how Muslims can emerge from their 'ghetto-mind' and find a Quranic basis of a global agenda. FutureIslam.com is open to all those who submit to God from a religious tradition who wish to join the transnational debate within the House of Islam. Check out the current and back issues at FutureIslam. [ Visit Website ]
Foresight 2005 to Feature Leonard Sweet
Apr 25, 2005
From September 22-24th, Regent University will sponsor Foresight 2005, the third annual futures conference for Christian leaders. Join Leonard Sweet and Jay Gary for three days in Virginia Beach learn how to navigate the future. Watch a 3-minute preview. [ Visit Website ]
Immortality is within our grasp
By 2050, human consciousness will be stored on supercomputers, promising immortality for all - though it will help to be rich, so when you die, it will not be a career problem. So claims Ian Pearson, head of the futurology unit at BT, in a recent London Observer interview. [ Visit Website ]
Integral Wiki Site Launched
May 3, 2005
Michael Bauwens and Michael DuBois have launched IntegralVisioning.org, an open web-space where artists, writers, visionaries, teachers and students can create an integral meaning and community. Built on a ivwiki platform, Integralwiki.net enables members to post in discussion forms, post articles, revise an "integral encyclopedia," solicit feedback on personal projects and post "media watch" notices for other members. [ Visit Website ]
Tariq Ramadan: An Islamic "Martin Luther"?
Apr 30, 2005
Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important thinkers of the 21st century, Tariq Ramadan occupies a unique place among leading Islamic thinkers. Representing a new generation of Islamic reformers, the Swiss scholar calls on Western Muslims to embrace Western culture rather than reject it. [ Visit Website ]
Rewiring the Brain
Apr 4, 2005
An revolution of images, not just words has brought about an Iconic revolution, claims Rabbi Moshe Dror, in this 11 minute webcast. Our very brains are processing meaning differently from our right hemispheres, not just our left. Discover how the spiritual communities of tomorrow will forward this rennaisance, launched by Marshall McLuhan.
P2P and Human Evolution
Apr 1, 2005
Michel Bauwens, the WNRF Associate for Integral Studies, has released a landmark paper on "P2P and Human Evolution." Bauwen claims peer-to-peer technology, as a new form of social exchange, is provoking a crisis in the current system, and stimulating the emergence of a more participative worldview. Throughout, he relates spirituality and human intentionality to a number of topics, including the networked society, cognitive capitalism, Empire and its discontents, and the challenges posed to traditional religions by spiritual P2P experiencing and technological transhumanism. [ Visit Website ]
Religion without Theism or Atheism?
Apr 1, 2005
Can religion survive without foundations, objective truth, reductionism or God? Two of the world's leading philosophers-Gianni Vattimo and Richard Rorty, consider how an Age of Interpretation might supercede an Age of Reason, that once superceded an Age of Faith. The Future of Religion analyzes the political, social, and historical aspects that characterize our contemporary postmodern, postmetaphysical, and post-Christian world. [ Visit Website ]
Didn't See That Coming, Did You?
Mar 7, 2005
The Financial Times in London offers a look at the origins of 'futurology' and the later fall of technological optimism. It ends by discussing the Labour Party's vision of "Things Can Only Get Better" to recently settling for “not to build heaven on earth, but to prevent hell.” Catch this easy-reading article on images of the future.
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The Journey to Wild Divine
Jan 31, 2005
Welcome to the Brave New World of neurofeedback, where computer games and
desktop technology are intersecting with ancient mind-body techniques. Common Ground reviews Wild Divine, a computer game that combines high tech spiritual guides with
high touch bio-feedback technology to cyber-assist meditation. [ Visit Website ]
An Esoteric Vision for the Future
Jan 19, 2005
A relaunched Kheper website, with over 1,500 pages, offers a new scientific and esoteric evolutionary paradigm concerning the nature of existence, its infinite metamorphoses, the transformation of the Earth, and thinking toward planetary consciousness. Michel Bauwens reviews this window into an Esoteric futures vision, based on post-singularity state of supramental divinization.
Free-Will Muslims in the Future?
Jan 15, 2004
There has been a growing interest among researchers in post-fundamentalist Islam. Through examining the religious attitudes and practices of Muslim girls, Belgium PhD student Nadia Fadil investigates the viability of a 'European Islam' and in so doing poses questions about the nature of secularization, free will and individualization of religious practice and belief. [ Visit Website ]