Alexander Bard on Syntheism and the Paths Ahead for Spirituality in the 21st Century
"What paths lie ahead for religion and spirituality in the 21st Century? How might the insights of modernity and post-modernity impact and inform humanity's ancient wisdom traditions? How are we to enact, together, new spiritual visions – independently, or within our respective traditions – that can respond adequately to the challenges of our times?
In episode 32, Alexander Bard joins Bruce and Layman for an Apollonian overview of, and a Dionysian deep dive into, Syntheism and the Syntheist movement; the question of religion in the wake of Hegel and Nietzsche; the promise of a (post)metaphysical "God of the future"; the religious dimensions of Burning Man; the gifts of Peirce and Whitehead for process-relational theology; the richness of Zoroastrianism and the little-known links between Persian and Tantric traditions; the flowering of "digital monasteries" in our networked age; and much more. At the end, Alexander turns the tables on us and asks us a bit about our own religious backgrounds and metaphysical projects as well."