The crew at Speakeasy is pleased to be offering Kurt Johnson and David Ord’s The Coming Interspiritual Age to our growing network of 1,000+ faith and culture bloggers for review, soon. Not a Speakeasy blogger yet? Apply here – this is one offering you won’t want to miss.
I believe that this massive (yet readable) tome is one of the most significant ‘big-picture’ books to come out this decade, taking a ‘deep-time’ perspective of our development as a universe these past 13 billion+ years, and development as humanity – ‘the universe becoming conscious of itself’ – the past 200,000 or so years. Those of us who are friends of God in the way of Jesus have much to learn from our planet’s growing population of contemplative elders and wisdom teachers who show us that contribution is at least as important as conversion, and that we all have a lot to learn from each other.
The Coming Interspiritual Age details the vision of interspirituality within a comprehensive and powerful synthesis of world religions and spirituality, the discoveries of modern science, and the developmental and evolutionary view of history. It is the first book to review and predict the ongoing history of world religions and spirituality in the context of developmental history, the evolutionary consciousness movement, and current scientific understandings of anthropology, human cognitive development, brain/mind and scientific consciousness studies.
This book was inspired by the late Catholic monk, Brother Wayne Teasdale’s vision of The Interspiritual Age, a vision of spiritual collaboration that parallels the equally well-known and publicized visions of the world’s developmental and evolutionary consciousness movements (known variously as ‘integral’ development, ‘second-tier’ consciousness,and ‘evolutionary enlightenment’) as well as – perhaps surprisingly – the international humanist movement (as exemplified in the emerging international Ethical Manifold). As such, The Coming Interspiritual Age is the first synthesis of interfaith and interspirituality with the popular writings of integral leaders Ken Wilber and Don Beck.
The book includes provocative sections suggesting the inherent unity within the world’s religious and spiritual understanding (especially their shared mystical understandings), the relationship of these and modern scientific studies of consciousness and brain/mind, developmental and evolutionary views of history, the inevitable ongoing processes of world globalization and multiculturalism, the emergent understanding of the Divine Feminine, the nature of spiritual experience including reputed ‘spirit realms’ reported in traditions worldwide, and even the various predictions around and surrounding the now-passed year 2012.
The book concludes with extensive hand-on praxis sections regarding the development and practice of interspirituality as it can happen both within the world’s current religious traditions as well as in new, creative and entrepreneurial settings worldwide.
I’m very glad this wonderful book continues to draw praise and interest. I support and recommend it.
~ Fr. Thomas Keating, Founder, Contemplative Outreach, the Snowmass Inter-religious Initiative and author of many books.
I really cannot exaggerate the value and importance of this book. This is where we are going, and we might as well go informed and enlightened! My heart leaps and my mind expands as I read this book.
~Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author, The Naked Now and Everything Belongs; Center for Action and Contemplation and Rohr Institute
The Coming Interspiritual Age by Kurt Johnson and David Robert Ord is simply extraordinary. This much-needed book will change the discourse on religion and spirituality. Especially for the younger generation, who no longer recognize themselves in the traditional narratives that world religions are offering them, this book provides hope. It offers a new vision of spirituality and addresses the personal and societal implications of the possibilities that arise from this new way. The future will be interspiritual and this will be our textbook.”
~ Adam Bucko, Founder, Reciprocity Foundation, co-author New Monasticism Manifesto and, with Matthew Fox Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation
A significant sign of our times is the quest to make a leap of consciousness from religious ideologies to a deeper spiritual consciousness and practice. As Jung warned, “only the mystics bring creativity to religion itself.” This book contributes to that important leap by celebrating our mystical roots that the authors believe can heal the split of science and religion and of religions against religions. This ambitious book joins the multiple efforts at interspirituality in our time to celebrate a mystical awakening that can move us from the religions of consumerism and materialism that dominate our culture with the cynicism and despair and addiction they spawn to something more resembling a full-hearted life. It invites us to new and more ancient ways of living our sacred lives in and on behalf of this sacred earth. I welcome it!
~ Matthew Fox, author of the inter-religious classics Coming of the Cosmic Christ and One River, Many Wells, and recently The Pope’s War, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Hildegard von Bingen and other books.
If some scholars insist that “God is Not One,” Johnson and Ord respond “Oh yes He/She/It is!” Religious differences are real, but they do not obstruct, indeed they nurture, religious dialogue. Drawing on contemporary science (biology, physics, and brain studies), philosophy, the teachings of mystics and of religious activists, this book makes a strong case that an “interspiritual age” is both coming and needs to come soon. For both seekers and academics, this is a rewarding, challenging, and inspiring read.
~ Paul F. Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture, Union Theological Seminary
The Coming Interspiritual Age provides an essential understanding of the roots of the current spiritual-religious context and the evolution of consciousness affecting every sector society and culture. It inspires deeper contemplative awareness of the inherent interrelatedness of all being and a vision for the future of the global human family. A book to be shared and discussed!
~ Robert G. Toth, past Executive Director, Merton Institute for Contemplative Living
Sponsors of this Speakeasy Initiative:
The Rose L. Walker Fund is a fund administered by the National Ethical Service (NES), a 501(c)(3) humanist organization promoting Ethical Culture founder Felix Adler’s “Ethical Manifold” vision– world religions working together for a healthy multicultural world future through their shared heritages of values and ethics.
Fellowship of the Heart (a 501c3) supports Interspiritual Dialogue’s vast Interspiritual Multiplex free web resource, globally spreading the message of world religions working in harmony for a healthy global future through their shared teachings of equanimity and love.
Namaste Publishing, known for bringing authors like Eckhart Tolle, Michael Brown and Shefali Tsabary to the world, publishes unique material that is life-enhancing, even life-altering. Its overarching mission is to make available publications that acknowledge, celebrate, and encourage a transformative future for humanity and the earth.
Presence International is a a 501c3 eschatological thinktank seeking to reframe the Judeo-Christian narrative through careful scholarship, faithful study, and a Spiral Dynamics understanding of both divine revelation and human development as humanity begins to recognize the beauty of moving beyond boundaries to an all-in-all God.
Speakeasy is a network of intrepid faith, culture, and spirituality bloggers (along with podcast and other show hosts) who enjoy discussing subversive reading material. Authors, publishers, and interested bloggers should check them out here.
Watch This Space
As the Speakeasy campaign for The Coming Interspiritual Age unfolds, we’ll be adding some of the best reviews and interviews here. Interested bloggers, show hosts, and media representatives should contact Mike Morrell at speakeasyontap [at] gmail [dot] com.