Dr. Richard Kirby
The Philosophy of Civilization Building
Nov 24, 2003
Allow me to express my thanks for this opportunity to talk with you today about the leadership of civilization, building, or more generally the philosophy and science and art of civilization yesterday, today and tomorrow.
A Call to Reclaim Arab Knowledge
Oct 28, 2003
Arab countries need to close a “growing knowledge gap” by investing heavily in education and promoting open intellectual inquiry, say the authors of the second Arab Human Development Report, published by the United Nations Development Programme. The Arab states should also encourage greater interaction with other nations, cultures, and regions of the world, the authors argue. “Openness, interaction, assimilation, absorption, revision, criticism and examination cannot but prompt creative knowledge production in Arab societies,” the Report states. The report can be downloaded as a digital file. [ 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 ]
Paradigms of the Future
Sep 10, 2003
How has faith's view of the future been shaped by large-scale paradigms throughout history? And how should theology shape our forward view of the future? Jay Gary hosted a 2-day consultation in Atlanta November 2003, right before the American Academy of Religion mets.
Regent Hosted "Foresight" 2003
Jul 23, 2003
In the turbulent conditions of the 21st century, how can our organizations become more future-responsive, rather than past-driven? Regent University's Leadership Studies program hosted a 2-day conference focusing on "strategic foresight," featuring nationally known futurists from business, academic and faith-based settings. [ Visit Website ]
Future of Faith-Based Governance
Aug 16, 2003
In what has been perceived as a "crusade" against the Islamic faith in particular and against dissidence in general, the Christian leadership of the "free world," George Bush and Tony Blair, are now seeking to lead a "Coalition of the Willing." In this new paper, Dr. Anthony Judge offers an overview of faith-based initiatives, and attempts to point out flaws in previous approaches to religious governance. [ Visit Website ]
Spirituality, Art and Healing
Aug 7, 2003
Is there a way to define ourselves and grow towards an integral totality that feels surprisingly simple? How do we balance the areas of health, art, and spirituality, combining different approaches into a comprehensive vision. Writer Julia Keel offers her thoughts in working toward a whole.
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 ]
Islam, Postmodernism and Other Futures
Aug 5, 2003
Now for the first time, a collection of writings by Dr. Ziauddin Sardar is available in paperback format. Sardar is the leading Islamic futurist worldwide and most recently author of, Why Do People Hate America? This collection, edited by his colleagues showcases his thoughts on issues of Islam, cultural change, education, post-modernism and the future. In 1986, Sardar authored The Future of Muslim Civilization, and established the field of Muslim Futures. Following September 11, 2001, he has become an increasingly important voice in the media as a Muslim intellectual, offering insights on both Islam and the West. [ Visit Website ]
The Ministry Futures Report
Jul 22, 2003
How can our ministries and faith communities develop leaders that have a fluency with a changing and complex future? Read the report from this two-day Christian futures consultation in San Francisco. [ Visit Website ]
Why Faith Needs Foresight
Jul 20, 2003
This past July 20-21st, Jay Gary convened a "Christian Futures Network" consultation in San Francisco for scholars and ministry activists. They looked at how faith can cultivate foresight with respect to ministry futures. Here is an eight minute dinner speech Jay gave to open the meeting, sharing how he became a futurist and how this field helps organizations find their footing
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Does Faith Have a Future?
Feb. 28, 2003
Is religion at its best only when feeding off discontent? Or can faith cultivate foresight about a future increasingly defined by change? Can we make any projections as to where religion will be in 200 years? Jay Gary looks at the periphery and center of American society and spirituality over the next half-century. [ Visit Website ]