Religious Belief in the Year 2100
Aug 11, 2012
In a dedicated issue of the Futurist, religious analyst Gina Bellofatto charted the contours of belief on the eve of the 22nd century. Based on the religious demographics of the World Religion Database, Bellofatto forecasts that the world will be more religiously affliated by 2100 than 2012, increasing from 88.2% religious today to 92% by the 22nd century
Religious Futurists Gathered in Toronto at WFS
Jul 29, 2012
Would you like to meet other futurists who are helping their churches, synagogues or ministries lead from the future, not just the past? Eight hundred visionaries gathered in Toronto the summer of 2012 at the World Future Society's annual conference. During the conference, Religious Futurists met for a special networking session.
The Cosmotheistic Hypothesis of Mordechai Nessyahu
May 30, 2012
Mordechai Nessyahu viewed his life work as a product of his Jewish identity and his particular interpretation of Jewish history. He assigned a special place for the Jews and the Jewish outlook on life in the development of conscious civilizations throughout the universe. Cosmotheism posits God as the consequence of the Cosmos and not as its cause. Not in the beginning God created the Universe but in the end the Cosmos will have created God.
Zia Sardar Launches Critical Muslim
Mar 21, 2012
Zia Sardar has just announced he will step down from a 13 year run as editor of Futures journal to focus, in part, on a new project inspired by the Arab Spring: to look at Islam, the West and the wider world critically, and seek what is most suitable for all in contemporary times.
The Future(s) & Religion(s)
Feb 5, 2012
John Sweeney, who teaches at the University of Hawaii, shares how religion is a singular/plural construct, whose tension resembles the same experiential one finds between the present and the future(s).
Lynch offers Religion Methods Website
Dec 5, 2011
University of Kent's Professor Gordon Lynch has launched a comprehensive web site focused on "Research Methods for the Study of Religion". Designed to help graduate students write research proposals, this site offers an overview of the field of Religious Studies
and appropriate methods to conduct empirical research.
Markley to Launch Ashram in Texas
Oct 5, 2011
Oliver Markley, PhD, long-time futurist and professor emeritus of Human Sciences and Studies of the Future, announced today he has recently moved to the city of Pflugerville, just north of Austin, where he will co-found the White Lotus Ashram with inspirational author, Delia Trujillo as a sacred space for reflection, discernment and renewal.
Moshe Dror -- In rememberance
May 2, 2011
Dr. Rabbi Moshe Dror (1934-2011), author, educator, mystic and director of Jewish Futures Network passed away in Israel, on Friday, April 29, 2011. Moshe died in surgery, after being hospitalized earlier in the month due to a stroke. Simcha, his wife, reports that the funeral for Moshe was held on Monday, May 2nd, in Yeroham, Israel.
Moshe Dror is best known in the futures studies community as co-author of Futurizing the Jews (Praeger, 2003). For over two decades he shared his vision of a "new exodus" and how a new generation of "cyber rabbis" could shape an open spirituality. Most recently he served as the chair of the World Network of Religious Futurists after the passing of Dr. Richard Kirby (d. 2009). MORE...
Notes on a post-secular society
Jun 18, 2008
Both religious and secular mentalities must be open to a complementary learning process if we are to balance shared citizenship and cultural difference.
Bar Ilan to Host Futures Conference
Nov 14, 2010
On November 22nd, about 200 scholars and academics will gathered at the Bar Ilan campus, outside Tel Aviv, to discuss the nature of how
academics can study the future in such areas, as technological forecasting,
industry, and economics; as well as develop visions for human transformation.
The concept of this was developed by Prof. David Passig, a Professor at Bar Ilan
University School of Education. The event will be streamed live in Hebrew, via a
link posted in Facebook, the day before. For info, see http://bit.ly/passig
Creating a Future Islamic Civilization
Dec 4, 2008
Rashid Shaz of MilliTimes, New Delhi, has authored a book entitled, Creating a Future Islamic Civilization. Appearing initially as editorials pieces at futureislam.com, this book is an open invitation to create an Islamic civilization, as a pan-Islamic alternative in the midst of a crumbling capitalist civilization. The book is now available for free download.
The 1st Jewish Futures Conference
Oct 3, 2010
The 1st ever Jewish Futures Conference will be held at the 2010 Jewish Federations of North America – Nov. 8 in New Orleans. This General Assembly will join communal leaders, educators, and educational entrepreneurs and forecasters in a unique conversation about new perspectives and approaches for the future of Jewish education.
The Future of Religion
Sept 15, 2010
Pan Patheos asked thought leaders from a variety of religious traditions to talk about the future of religion. Contributors include Huston Smith, Rodney Stark, Mark Noll, Alister McGrath, Martin E. Marty, Diana Butler Bass, and Reza Aslan. More.