The Future of Christianity
December 22, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Kurt Johnson, with Ben Bowler, Doug King and our Correspondents
Does Christianity have a future? Does the future have a Christianity? This is a question equally relevant to the future of all the world’s religions but, with its 2 billion+ members it is especially poignant for this tradition rooted in Jesus of Nazareth. In recent years, across all its forms, Christianity has experienced a paradox: growing fragmentation, scandal, and entrenchment and departures in some areas, alongside growing holism, integrity, and recovery of both 'wisdom' and 'activist' elements in other expressions. In this episode, hosts from the integral theology think-tank Presence International (http://presence.tv), Doug King and Mike Morrell, interview American luminaries Brian McLaren, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Brandan Robertson to explore natural limitations and signs of hope among the world's largest religion amid evolutionary change. There is perhaps no better example of a religion that has expressed itself across multiple, and often conflicting, developmental levels.
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In a world inevitably going global and multicultural, what becomes of religions and spirituality? What becomes of activism towards real global change? In THE CONVERGENCE, global Interspiritual pioneer and scientist Dr. Kurt Johnson joins interfaith leaders Ben Bowler of Australia and Doug King of America in engaging women and men who are inspiring leaders and change agents around our world. Spiritual and cultural leaders, sacred and secular activists, scientists, artists, writers, economists, politicians and even shamans join in this discussion of a world trying to wake up and grow up. What is at stake and what are the technologies and cosmologies creating a world that can work for everyone? If you are concerned for our world's future and sincere about your commitments to bold and world-serving ideas, you'll want to tune in to The Convergence on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.
Dr. Kurt Johnson, with Ben Bowler, Doug King and our Correspondents
Dr. Kurt Johnson is a well-known scientist who is also a founder of the world's Interspiritual Movement. Author of the influential book The Coming Interspiritual Age and two bestselling books in popular science, he joins Australian interfaith leader Ben Bowler and American integral thinker Doug King in welcoming women and men from around the world to discuss change, and the ideas driving change worldwide today.
With expertise in evolutionary science, comparative culture and religion, and even mysticism, Kurt serves on diverse international boards and committees across the world service community. These include The Interspiritual Network, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, Friends of the Institute of Noetic Science, Gaiafield, The Evolutionary Leaders, Forum 21 Institute, The National Ethical Service, Self Care to Earth Care, Community of The Mystic Heart, and the United Nations NGO committees on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns and The International Yoga Day. Ordained in a half dozen spiritual traditions he brings a broad firsthand knowledge of world spirituality.
Ben Bowler founded 1God.com, World Weavers and UDAY. Doug King is a founder of Presence.tv and certified in Spiral Dynamics and integral thought. With Kurt's over two hundred technical publications and books in ecology and evolutionary science they and their global guests weekly bring a profound expertise in the future of religion and spirituality and the spectrum of global change.