The inability of individuals and society to perceive spiritual reality has, today, become critical. But could our crisis itself be significant? Might it be valuable, even necessary for the evolution of human consciousness?

In the twentieth century, thinkers including Owen Barfield considered this possibility. They concluded that the experience of being human shifts fundamentally across cultural time. Understanding the nature of this change – particularly today in the centuries after the scientific revolution – is essential and can greatly illuminate our current spiritual task.