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About The Purposeful Universe



The Purposeful Universe Mission

The Purposeful Universe seeks to explore and present, through award winning videos, the abundant order in nature that funnels biological systems toward increasing levels of complexity and sophistication—suggesting that human life is the purposeful outcome of a complex, ordered system.

The Magis Center is grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for their support of The Purposeful Universe.

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The Purposeful Universe Topics

By diving deep into four key disciplines, The Purposeful Universe seeks to discover order from the inception of the universe, to the evolution of living beings, to the complex human mind, to our individual lives. 

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To discover whether or not the universe has underlying order, it is essential to understand how, or if, the universe began, and how it all came to be. 

Learn more about cosmology


Biological Evolution

Biological Evolution

When looking at biological evolution, there are fascinating examples of order demonstrated in nature. 

Learn more about biological evolution




Understanding consciousness, the brain and language can lead to a better understanding of what order and purpose may exist in our lives.

Learn more about consciousness


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The Purpose of Life

The Purpose of Life

When studying whether the universe has purpose, the next question is whether purpose exists in our own lives.

Learn more the purpose of life


Video Awards

Watch award-winning videos by the purposeful universe. 

What Does Evolution Mean? 

ADDY’s: Gold, Branded Content
ADDY’s: Judge’s Choice
Muse: Gold, Technology & Science
Muse: Platinum, Educational
Hermes: Platinum, Educational
Telly’s: Bronze, Educational

Big Bang Cosmology

ADDY’s: Gold, Branded Content
Hermes: Platinum, Education
Telly’s: Bronze, Educational
AVA: Platinum, Educational
Muse: Platinum, Technology & Science
Muse: Gold, Educational

We Are Made of Stardust
The Origin of Life
The Arrow of Evolution

ADDY’s: Gold, Branded Content
Best of Show

Project Leadership

Joe miller
Joseph Miller Project Lead

Purposeful Universe Project Lead and Director, Media and Communications, The Magis Center

Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D.
Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D. Project Co-LeadPurposeful Universe Project Co-Lead and Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and Professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Jordan Allott
Jordan Allott Video Producer

Documentary Filmmaker, Founder of
In Altum Productions

Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D. PROJECT ADVISORPresident, The Magis Center; President Emeritus, Gonzaga University


  • Marisa Christina March, Ph.D.
    Astrophysics, Cosmology
    Teacher of Science, Lay Chaplain, Prior Park School, Gibraltar
  • Maggie Mahrt
    Directing, Screenwriting, Producing, Acting
  • Cali Testerman
    Video Marketing, Digital Engagement Architecture
    Senior Director of SVOD Growth and Solution Architect at Sony Pictures Entertainment


  • Mark Ryland
    Digital Communications, Cloud Networking, Cybersecurity, Philosophy of Nature

    Director, Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, Amazon Web Services
  • Deacon Charlie Echeverry
    Entertainment Industry Veteran, Digital Media Operator, Diversity Focused Content and Marketing Expert.
    Founder & Managing Director, Black//Brown

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