Paul Gilbert


Conference 2012


JSS 2.2

Past News

JSS 2.2 Spirituality and the Challenge of Evolution and Compassion (Keynote 1)

by Professor Paul Gilbert, University of Derby, UK
Journal for the Study of Spirituality 2, no. 2, 2012, pp. 128-137

Science is revealing more about the physical nature of our universe and more about the nature of biological life; for example how it came into being, takes the forms it does, can become diseased, and how all life-forms flourish, decay and die. Science offers challenges to spiritual beliefs but also opportunities for evolving spiritual orientations in line with our deepening understanding of the nature of life in the universe. Two key themes are linked to developing more insight and awareness. One is mindfulness of the kinds of minds nature has given us and the second is cultivating a particular kind of motivation within us which is to be aware of the suffering of self and others and to take steps to alleviate it. Opening our eyes to the reality of suffering is also to discover the meaning of compassion and its link to spiritualities past and present.

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