Dustin DiPerna is an authority on world religions and brings a provocative, and often brilliant perspective to the topic by incorporating developmental psychology and integral theory. Many people think of religion as a non-rational, pre-modern relic that often hinders individuals’ and society’s evolution. Dustin points to compelling evidence that religion can, in fact, be a factor in helping less developed people and societies grow in their capacity of greater awareness, complexity, and consciousness. As unlikely as it may seem, religion can actually help humanity evolve. After spending two years at Integral Institute from 2003-2005 working for both the seminar team and Integral Spiritual Center, inspired by all that he experienced, Dustin left I-I to begin writing full time about the nexus of religion and psychological development. He recently completed his first book Developmental Religious Pluralism: A Brief Introduction to Integral Religious Studies — to be released by Integral Books sometime next year. Dustin is currently pursuing a Masters of Liberal Arts in Religion at Harvard University and consults on issues of how a developmental perspective creates greater clarity on the role of religion in international relations —www.drpi.org.
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