The Pilgrimage of the Human Spirit in the Third Millennium

1 hour 18 minutes



Topics: Ritual and Initiation, Religion and Spirituality.

The Pilgrimage of the Human Spirit in the Third Millennium: Light at the End of the Tunnel?

As science freed itself from the binding literalism of religious world views, it has become sadly evident that the pilgrimage of the human spirit has divided into what seems an irreconcilable polarity. Whitehead insightfully noted that the future of humanity depends, more than any other single factor, on the way the two most powerful forces in history – science and religion – settle into relationship with each other. For four hundred years that relationship has been strained. Initially, the church had the power and did not use it wisely. Now science holds the cards, and the dominance of its world view has unwittingly forced the human spirit into a tunnel and deprived it of the light it needs to flourish.

This presentation examines how the dominance of the scientific mindset has cramped and distorted the modern outlook – specifically through education, the media, and law – and offers hopeful evidence that suggests that we may be seeing a new light at the end of the tunnel.

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© Huston Smith.
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Smith, Huston

Huston Smith was largely responsible for introducing Eastern religion to Americans with his 1950s TV series, The Religions of Man, which led to his classic textbook, The World's Religions. He was born in 1919 in China to missionary parents and planned to continue in their footsteps as a missionary - but while in college in the U.S., he was exposed to mysticism and was introduced to Gerald Heard, Aldous Huxley, and Vedanta, which changed the direction of his life. Huston helped get the Dalai Lama to the U.S. and also helped the Native American Church get legal status for their sacred peyote rites. In 1996 Bill Moyers produced a 5-part PBS series featuring Huston on the world’s religions.



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