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Issue 21  /  Spring–Summer 2002
The Future of God
Evolution and Enlightenment for the 21st Century
Fifteen billion years after the Big Bang and 150 years after Darwin, What Is Enlightenment? magazine steps back to look at the big picture and asks: Is enlightenment itself evolving? What is "the future of God?"

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table of contents

Reader's Forum

From the Editors

Introduction to this issue by Andrew Cohen:
Do Here Now

Book Review
God and the Evolving Universe
by Michael Murphy, James Redfield and Sylvia Timbers

WIE Contest Results
The Great Bombay Tea Shop Debacle
The Guru and the Pandit:

The Evolution of Enlightenment

America's foremost integral philosopher and the founder of WIE come together to explore the evolution of spirituality and the future of enlightenment itself.

Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber in Dialogue

A Song That Goes On Singing
An Interview with Dr. Beatrice Bruteau

A contemporary renaissance woman a passionate scientist, philosopher, and Christian contemplative evokes the creative impulse behind the evolutionary design of the universe.

by Amy Edelstein & Ellen Daly

Swami Vivekananda on Darwin, Evolution, and the Perfect Man
Introduction by Carter Phipps
Believe it or not, this trailblazing yogi (who first brought Vedanta to the West) had studied Western evolutionary theory and developed a spiritual critique of Darwin—in 1898!

Why Sri Aurobindo Is Cool

A freewheeling tour through the fascinating life and work of one of the twentieth century's greatest evolutionary pioneers.

by Craig Hamilton

In Search of Babaji

WIE did everything but climb the high Himalayas to track down the elusive immortal sage of Yogananda fame.

by Carter Phipps


Section Introduction by Elizabeth Debold

Suggestions of a Larger Purpose
An Interview with Robert Wright

The insightful author of The Moral Animal and Nonzero reflects on the dynamics of evolution and speculates about an emerging global consciousness.

by Elizabeth Debold

Flow with Soul
An Interview with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

This Hungarian-born painter, psychologist, and evolutionary thinker speaks about the flowering of human creativity and our potential to give meaning to the evolutionary process.

by Elizabeth Debold


For the Sake of the Future

Seven Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Speak About their Hopes for Humanity's Next Step

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and others.