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The Presence of the Infinite
The Spiritual Experience of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness
Steve McIntosh
ISBN: 9780835609418
Book (Paperback)
Quest Books
6 x 9
280 pages
B&W illustrations
October 1, 2015


“McIntosh has written another important and groundbreaking book. The Presence of the Infinite helps establish the central significance of the beautiful, the good, and the true as the foundation of human wellbeing. By shining the light of integral philosophy onto the subject of spiritual experience and spiritual leadership, McIntosh convincingly describes the future course of humanity's spiritual evolution. Reading this book is a spiritual experience in its own right.” —John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Markets, and Co-Author of Conscious Capitalism

The Presence of the Infinite represents a unique contribution to the East-meets-West philosophical dialogue. Uncovering the common oversimplifications and misconceptions inherent in both theism and popular nondualism, McIntosh invites us to consider a broader religious synthesis that affirms and begins to unify both the ancient impulse to transcend and the contemporary impulse to evolve. An important book for anyone tracking the evolution of spirituality in our time.” —Craig Hamilton, Founder,, and CEO of Evolving Wisdom transformative education

The Presence of the Infinite sheds new light on the important subject of spiritual experience. Using the emerging insights of evolutionary spirituality, integral philosopher Steve McIntosh enlarges readers’ capacity to have spiritual experience more abundantly and use it more effectively to improve their lives and the world around them.

The Presence of the Infinite starts by providing a timely cultural analysis and critique of the various forms of spirituality that are vying for influence in contemporary American society. Building on this context, McIntosh shows how evolutionary spirituality overcomes the limitations of religious, secular, and New Age spirituality by better harmonizing science and spirit. Evolutionary spirituality’s transcendent potential is found in its deepening realization of the essentially spiritual qualities of beauty, truth, and goodness.

McIntosh then uses evolutionary spirituality’s enlarged understanding of what spiritual experience is and how it works to consider the question of ultimate reality. This leads to an examination of conflicting ideas that regard spirit as either formless and nondual, or as loving and creative. By working to harmonize and integrate these alternative conceptions of ultimate reality, McIntosh shows how evolutionary spirituality can achieve a synthesis of nondual and theistic teachings of truth that can produce a spiritual renaissance in America and beyond.

The Presence of the Infinite is destined to become a definitive text in the exciting new field of evolutionary spirituality.

Steve McIntosh is a leader in the integral philosophy movement. He is co-founder and president of the Institute for Cultural Evolution (ICE) think tank. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School.
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