Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea
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Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Cultural Potential of Science's Greatest Idea

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When it comes to evolution, we’ve all heard about fossils and fruit flies, Darwin and Dawkins. But the idea of evolution is far more profound—and far-reaching. Today, a movement of visionary scientists, philosophers, and spiritual thinkers is forging a new understanding of evolution that honors science, reframes culture, and radically updates spirituality. Carter Phipps ca...more
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Published June 26th 2012 by Harper Perennial
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Aaron Thibeault
The main argument of the book: Up until the scientific revolution, some half a century ago, religion reigned supreme in the realm of belief and understanding. Since that time, though--and especially since the introduction of the theory of evolution in 1859--science has increasingly challenged religion as the chief source of how we understand the world and our place in it. Science's increasing influence can be seen in the growing trend towards secularism in the past 200 years, and particularly in...more
Greta
I was interested in this topic; otherwise, it would have been a difficult read; as it was, I skipped around a bit and did not finish. I studied rhetoric and the humanities at the height of deconstruction, when the idea of "progress" or in fact any hierarchy was deemed highly suspect, intellectually. In science, the sense of evolution was also rather rigid, with random genetic variation and natural selection being the only two mechanisms allowed in the picture, along with lots and lots and LOTS o...more
Aaron Thibeault
The main argument of the book: Up until the scientific revolution, some half a century ago, religion reigned supreme in the realm of belief and understanding. Since that time, though--and especially since the introduction of the theory of evolution in 1859--science has increasingly challenged religion as the chief source of how we understand the world and our place in it. Science's increasing influence can be seen in the growing trend towards secularism in the past 200 years, and particularly in...more
Joel Davis
This just didn't work for me. At all. I follow the Over 50 version of Nancy Pearl's "Rule of Fifty" for those over 50 years old. I subtract my age from 100 to get the number of pages I'll read of a new book before I call it boring and toss it.

And yes. After 35 pages I stopped. Phipps is not my cup of tea. I could not follow it. The writing is blah and the content not very interesting. And he just couldn't grab my interest even after 35 pages.
Richard Zelley
The first two parts are pretty standard views of the debate between scientific evolution and "spiritual evolution." But when Phipps presents his ideas on Parts III and IV, he comes into his own. I won't summarize his ideas, but I would strongly suggest reading this thought-provoking book if you are at all interested in where human spirituality may be headed.
Michelle D'avella
The best book I've read all year! This is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the human experience more clearly. Carter's writing style allows those with varying levels of depth to process an enormous amount of information without feeling like your brain is going to explode. :) He delves into the evolution of technology, cooperation, religion, consciousness, worldviews, information, and values, providing a larger lens to view the world through. There were so many moments of awe an...more
Rachel Bayles
This book was lost on me. I'm sure it is my lack of understanding about cultural evolution, but I didn't find it compelling; at least not at it's present length. The first two sections (about science and culture) had some interesting parts to them, but the third part (on spirituality) was too general to be interesting. A book of this type is supposed to excite a broad readership, but it seems to be preaching to the choir. I couldn't recommend this except for someone who already has a background...more
Dawn Hutchings
Excellent overview of this emerging movement. If you are interested in new ways of connecting religion and science in your quest for wisdom, I recommend this book. If you engage in the art of preaching, you need to read this book in order to reconcile the Christian tradition with what we now know about creation.
Check out my blog for more on this book:
http://pastordawn.com/2012/07/20/co-o...
Alejandra
Disliked the author's usage of the word evolution. Development and evolution are not interchangeable. Had major discrepancies and jumped to conclusions. As a religious movement, it is positive and implies we must be good stewards of the earth.
Storm
Interesting opinion as of so far, enjoying the book, just not too far into it yet. It's warming up to me though.
L. Neil Thrussell
Oh my, this one is deep and lots and lots of research went into this book...

I love it...
Cathy
Paradigm shift...
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Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, and leading voice in the emerging field of Evolutionary Spirituality. For the past decade, as executive editor of EnlightenNext magazine, he has been at the forefront of contemporary spiritual, philosophical, and cultural discourse, and his writings have played a key role in making important new thinking accessible to a wider audience. His first book, Evolut...more
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