Religion and Science: Coming Together in the Interspiritual Age

Religion and Science: Coming Together in the Interspiritual Age

For centuries, religion and science have been considered by many to be at polar ends of a spectrum that attempts to explain the workings of the universe. Societies often divide themselves according to this perceived divide, sometimes resulting in great conflict. But, are religion and science really at odds with each other? In this class, we will examine how both science and religion/spirituality offer vital input in understanding the enormous issues we face in our world today, from climate change to refugee crises, from income inequality to discrimination, and much more. We will explore how altruism is a notion put forth by both sacred and scientific worldviews and discover how activists from all sides can unite around this message.

In this class, Kurt Johnson and David Sloan Wilson will guide us through the ever-evolving relationship between science and religion and how humanity can and must move toward a more unified view of the two. Learn to recognize and appreciate the shift that is occurring as well as hear how today’s most prominent teachers are bringing science and spirit together to offer insight on the big questions of life. We will explore our personal relationships to the two, coming into greater balance, and discover how science actually validates the impact of spiritual practice.

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, January 28-29, 2017 9:30am to 5pm ET

OneSpirit Elective Credit: 2.0

Available by: Audiobook Download & Videoconference Recording (click to learn more)

Price: General Public: $ 190.00

One Spirit Graduates: $ 160.00

Student Upcharge: $ 0.00


Faculty: David Sloan Wilson & Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson combines extensive training and experience in evolutionary science and spirituality. A Christian monastic for 14 years, he then received his doctorate in evolution, ecology, and comparative biology. In 2002, with Wayne Teasdale, he formed InterSpiritual Dialogue, a network for contemplative sharing across religious traditions that now hosts the extensive InterSpiritual Multiplex website. A teacher in the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Ramana Maharshi, Kurt is a co-founder of NYC’s Coalition for One Voice, a member of One Spirit’s Faculty and Board of Directors, and a co-founder of the Community of the Mystic Heart.He is the author of the science/ literature bestselling Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius, and co-author (with David Robert Ord) of The Coming Interspiritual Age.

David Sloan Wilson,
a professor in Biological Sciences at Binghamton University,
photographed Thursday, November 9, 2006

David Sloan Wilson is a world-renowned evolutionary biologist known for his pioneering work in Altruism, published in 2015 as the first book of Yale/Templeton's landmark series "The Foundational Questions in Science". Wilson, the founder of Evolution Institute, is a Professor of Biological Sciences at the State University of New York, Binghamton, as well as a joint Professor of Anthropology. Wilson also started the Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program at Binghamton University where students in the program take evolution-themed courses in a variety of disciplines including biology, anthropology, psychology, bioengineering, philosophy, religion and the psychology of religion. Wilson is the author of Darwin’s Cathedral, Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, and The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time. Dr. Wilson and Dr. Johnson have been working together for two years in spreading knowledge of the new altruistic evolutionary paradigm to the world's spiritual and consciousness communities. This has included joint programs, publications and videos, among them the Altruism Channel at YouTube.

If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840 x 0.

Posted by Lindsay Grass on Jun 20, 2016 in Workshops