The Religion of Tomorrow with Ken Wilber

January 18, 2018

Aired Thursday, 18 January 2018, 7:00 PM ET

The Religion of Tomorrow with Ken Wilber

In his latest book, The Religion of Tomorrow, author, leader, scholar and founder of the Integral Institute, Ken Wilber, notes that there is a central paradox in the role of religion throughout history: on the one hand, religion has been the single greatest cause of war and suffering. On the other, religion has been the single greatest source of redemption, salvation, and liberation for humanity. How can we possibly make sense of this double-edged dagger?

Part of the problem, Wilber explains, is that the path of “waking up” (spiritual awakening) need to be complemented by the path of “growing up” (psychological maturity) in order to renew and replenish our understanding of enlightenment in the 21st Century. Says Wilber, “a single purpose lies at the heart of all the great religious traditions: awakening to the astonishing reality of the true nature of ourselves and the universe.

In this week’s program, Ken Wilber joins Sandie to discuss how we can re-envision a religion of the future that acknowledges the evolution of humanity in every realm while remaining faithful to that original vision.:

~ The single purpose that lies at the heart of all the great religious traditions
~ How can religion and spirituality be a source of liberation as well as the largest cause of suffering in the world?
~ How can the Dalai Lama and an al-Qa’ida terrorist both claim to be religious?
~ How can we reconcile the very best qualities of religion with the very worst.
~ How his comprehensive Integral Approach – which is already being applied to several world religions by some of their adherents – can avert a “cultural disaster of unparalleled proportions.
~ and more…

About the Guest: Ken Wilber

KEN WILBER is the founder of Integral Institute and the cofounder of Integral Life. He is an internationally acknowledged leader and the preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is the author of more than twenty books, including A Brief History of Everything, A Theory of Everything, Integral Spirituality, No Boundary, Grace and Grit, Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, The Religion of Tomorrow, and Trump and a Post-Truth World.