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The Future of Religion

Can the world’s great religions meet the challenges of the twenty-first century?

As the world evolves, as knowledge grows, and as life conditions change, we change. For religion to remain relevant and effective as a source of spiritual guidance and support for billions of people, it too must change.

But today, the world’s great religions find themselves at a critical juncture. Adhering to values and beliefs that are often thousands of years old, they are finding it increasingly difficult to provide the spiritual guidance and moral authority necessary to face the challenges of modern society. So the question is: Can the great religious traditions of the world reinvent themselves in order to address the needs and hopes of a complex, materialistic, and increasingly secular twenty-first-century world? We like to think they can …

  • Hear from living saints as they transmit both the ageless dharma and an enlightened vision for the future.
  • Take a transformative journey to the leading edge of a new 21st-century spirituality where the individual, the mythical God, and consciousness itself merge into one.
  • Discover the most progressive—and evolutionary—views on religion, including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
  • Consider a vision of the future where care for the planet and its people tops the agendas of the world’s great religions.

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Future of Religion

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