We can appreciate the time tested and scientifically verified idea that evolution is happening at the level of the gene but is it also happening in culture and spirituality? Does the theory of evolution jump from the silo of science and dance with other disciplines? If so, how does it change our sense of ourselves, our concept of God, of consciousness, of technology, information and the world. Carter Phipps speaks to these questions and says, “Evolution has become the basis of very rich new forms of meaning and purpose and deep forms of spiritual and mystical revelation as well as new forms in the way we understand God.” He suggests when we awaken to this evolutionary perspective and context we can feel a sense of possibility and the creativity in our own small way, individually and collective, we can make choices that can move us forward in history and make the difference we need to make. It doesn’t mean we will but we can. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)’.
Carter Phipps is an author, journalist and leading voice in an emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. He serves as a former executive editor of Enlightened Next Magazine and has been at the forefront of contemporary spiritual, philosophical and cultural discourse. His writings have played a key role in making important new thinking accessible to a wider audience. He’s the author of Evolutionaries, Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Sciences Greatest Idea (Harper Perennial 2012). To learn more about the work of Carter Phipps go to www.carterphipps.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- What is an “evolutionary”
- Why is it important to understand the trajectory we’ve been on as a species
- How do we explore the strata of the evolution of human consciousness
- What are the three main cultural stages of human development
- What are the pathologies that come with progress
- Why it is important to understand that we don’t have all the answer yet
- What is evolutionary theology
- What is meant by the evolution of God
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Hosted by: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 9/13/12 Program Number: 3451