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Issue 35  /  January–March 2007
The Mystery of Evolution

You’ve heard the debate: Creation vs. Evolution, Darwinism vs. Intelligent Design. But could it really be that simple? Exploring the nature of evolution through perspectives both scientific and spiritual, this issue attempts to do what the mainstream media won’t, offering a complex and nuanced look at one of the greatest mysteries of the modern era. Featuring Robert W. Godwin, Ken Wilber, John F. Haught, Zoltan Torey, John Stewart, and more.

· Back issues

Andrew Cohen

The Real Evolution Debate

Everything you always wanted to know about evolution but the mass media wouldn’t tell you

Ranging from the scientific to the spiritual to cutting-edge perspectives that integrate both, this multidimensional overview presents a dozen different theories of what evolution is, how it works, and where it might be headed.

Introduction by Carter Phipps

A Brief History of Evolutionary Spirituality

From Leibniz to Hegel to Teilhard de Chardin, three hundred years of progressive thinkers reveal that evolution has always been a fundamentally spiritual concept.

PLUS: Timeline of Evolutionary Spirituality’s Leading Pioneers

by Tom Huston

The Only Journey There Is

An Exploration of Cosmic and Cultural Evolution
with Robert W. Godwin

In this provocative interview, spanning cosmic singularities and virgin sacrifices, psychologist Robert Godwin traces the epic—and often barbaric—journey of the evolutionary process in its never-ending quest for higher consciousness.

Interview by Elizabeth Debold

A God-Shaped Hole at the Heart of Our Being

Evolutionary Theology with John F. Haught

Will science and religion ever see eye to eye? With disarming simplicity, theologian John Haught explains how both domains are actually in pursuit of the same eternal mystery.

Interview by Amy Edelstein



A Living Experiment in Conscious Evolution

Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber

In their latest dialogue, spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber turn their attention to the dynamics at work between Cohen’s students, whose collective spiritual practice aims to push human consciousness to new levels.


The World I Built from Darkness

Meet the amazing Zoltan Torey, a blind man who goes sightseeing, watches tennis on television, does his own roofing repairs—and may even have cracked the riddle of consciousness.

Interview by Ross Robertson

PULSE: Catching the buzz from global leaders, thinkers, teachers, and mystics

Sacred politics in America’s heartland; Tony Robbins does deeksha; Lama Surya Das’s new ice cream flavor; John Petersen’s mass-dream machine; the spiritual life of Buster Poindexter; and more.

by Igal Moria and Ross Robertson

The Purpose of P.E.A.C.E.

Evangelical pastor Rick Warren has a big-hearted plan to save Rwanda.

by Carol Ann Raphael

Gaming for a Higher Cause

An emerging genre of video games puts social evolution in the palm of your hand.

by Tom Huston

Professors without Answers

An update on surveying the higher dimensions of higher education.

by Carol Ann Raphael

Prayer Doesn’t Work . . . and it Might Even Kill You!

A new study on the healing power of prayer raises as many questions as it answers.

by Igal Moria & Ross Robertson


John Stewart

The Potential of Evolution

At every stage of life’s evolution, the power of cooperation has reigned supreme. Projecting this pattern into the distant future, Stewart evokes a cosmic vision of humanity’s collective destiny.

Natural Selection

Reviews of books, film, and other media