Edward Berge Says: July 7th, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Balder responded to some of Rich’s essay at his Gaia pod:
Surely Carlson is aware of Aurobindo’s own “appropriation” of Western theological ideas into his “Indo-centric” model? Beatrice Bruteau, a Christian Aurobindian scholar, has noted, for instance, that Aurobindo’s representation of Western theological views within his model is less than adequate in a number of instances. Why attack Wilber while simultaneously defending another scholar who arguably has taken a very similar “tack” in his own efforts to create an integral spiritual model?
Beyond this, while it is true that Wilber highlights Aurobindo’s spiritual writings rather than his cultural or political ones, this does not, in itself, render Wilber’s Integral model inherently oppressive or faulty. It might be an oversight on Wilber’s part, but it doesn’t undermine the validity of the model he has created.