In this movement are strange bedfellows, brought together in another on-line forum, called Evolutionary Christianity, which is one more example of Utopianism, what Thomas Molnar calls The Perennial Heresy. They include Evangelical theistic evolutionists, “progressive” Emergent Christian leaders, radical post-theistic Christian liberals, Christian non-dual mystics, pro-homosexual ministers, radical religious feminists, and recognized evolutionary scientists. Some are deeply influenced by Pierre Teillard de Chardin, and pagan “geologians” such as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme.
(Peter Jones – truthXchange)
In the Culture and in the Church
III. The Revolution Is Just Beginning: What ever happened to the New Age?
I recently registered for an online forum, Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice. You could say Beyond New Age….
Hailed as “the most important conversation for the planet today,” the program consists of interviews with many of the old lions of the New Age—Jean Houston, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Surya Das, Ram Das, and Michael Murphy, having their last shot, along with lion cubs like Ken Wilber. Within a few weeks this forum had enrolled 35,000 participants. They call themselves “Cultural Creatives,” “Progressives,” “Evolutionaries,” “Integral Spiritualists,” “Interspiritualists” or “Transtraditional Spiritualists.” They are organized in multiple national and international visionary groups that are responding to a world in crisis. (There are apparently 50 million Cultural Creatives in the USA and 90 million in the European Union). They claim that thirty-nine percent of the US population are SBNRs (spiritual but not religious), and half the boomer generation thinks all religions are the same. With such odds, these spiritual progressives plan to take over the US culture by AD 2020.
Into this triumphalist spirituality steps a new Vedantic Prophet, Ken Wilber, a Mahayana Buddhist from a Christian background, a proponent of “integral spirituality.” Wilber proposes a bold post-deconstruction metanarrative of a spiritual evolutionary synthesis, an all-inclusive philosophy that weaves together science, morals, ethics, aesthetics, Eastern as well as Western philosophy, and the world’s great wisdom traditions. He concludes that all major worldviews are basically true and the universe is winding up not down. Only one modernist metanarrative survives—bio-spiritual evolution. In this system, every entity and concept or Holon shares a dual nature: as a whole unto itself, and as a part of some other whole. His catch phrase is “transcend and include,” in an evolutionary movement through nine stages: