The September issue showcases prominent authors whose work has appeared in previous issues of JITP and also introduces several new scholar-practitioners. There is a strong global feel to this issue with authors coming from Australia, Canada, England, Japan, the Netherlands, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. In terms of content, the articles range from theory building to introducing new practices, and from applied examples to disciplinary reflections. In short, this issue represents a nice blend of perspectives along several axes of value.
I want to raise some issues that occurred to me after reading Dustin DiPerna’s JITP article, "Integral Religious Studies in a Developmental Context" (IRSDC) [free download]. In IRSDC, Diperna uses an orienting framework in which he identifies four historical stages in the development of the field of religious studies (see Table 1).
Roger Walsh is one of the wise elders of Integral Theory, so it feels appropriate for him to be our first featured author. This article, which is the result of an ongoing research project, provides a window into a recent anthology Walsh has edited for the SUNY Press series in Integral Theory. In this forthcoming volume, Walsh showcases leading voices from various spiritual and philosophical traditions discussing wisdom. Throughout the article Walsh makes a persuasive case for how wisdom studies can benefit from an integral approach.