Via the magic of digital video, two spiritual giants will dialogue with The Gathering this Sunday, May 3rd. Trappist monk Father Keating and philosopher giant Ken Wilder will conduct round #2 on The Future of Christianity. Neil will lead the discussion and he offers the following comments:
Ken Wilber's Integral Theory is (among a number of things) a model for the development of . The model posits a step-by-step set of stages (magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic and integral) that reflect most of the world's population. All of us start at magic in childhood and some folks find magic to be their "home station" and interact with the world and develop their belief system from that stage, its values, perceptions and comprehensions.
Father Keating talks about the necessity of contemplation/meditation as the requisite practice(s) to develop beyond one's current stage. Not every person wants to, or sees the need to do so. That is normal and just the way of it, but for those so inclined some of awareness and presence is required in order to develop beyond one's current stage.
Come wrestle with spirit in our world and its future possibilities. If you can't be there in person, feel free to comment below.