The Dream of the Earth

Preface by Terry Tempest Williams and Foreword by Brian Swimme

Author: Thomas Berry

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 9781619025325

Category: History

Page: 264

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This landmark work, first published by Sierra Club Books in 1988, has established itself as a foundational volume in the ecological canon. In it, noted cultural historian Thomas Berry provides nothing less than a new intellectual-ethical framework for the human community by positing planetary well-being as the measure of all human activity. Drawing on the wisdom of Western philosophy, Asian thought, and Native American traditions, as well as contemporary physics and evolutionary biology, Berry offers a new perspective that recasts our understanding of science, technology, politics, religion, ecology, and education. He shows us why it is important for us to respond to the Earth’s need for planetary renewal, and what we must do to break free of the “technological trance” that drives a misguided dream of progress. Only then, he suggests, can we foster mutually enhancing human-Earth relationships that can heal our traumatized global biosystem.

The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth

Author: Thomas Berry

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608331539

Category: Religion

Page: 129

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Like no other religious thinker, Thomas Berry has been a prophetic voice regarding Earth's destruction and the urgent need for human response from the Christian community. This book collects Berry's signature views on the interrelatedness of both Earth's future and the Christian future. He ponders why Christians have been late in coming to the issue of the environment. He reflects insightfully on how the environment must be seen as a religious issue, not simply a scientific or economic problem. In powerful and poetic language Berry presents a compelling vision of the sacredness of the universe and the interrelatedness of the Earth community. Drawing on Thomas Aquinas and Teilhard de Chardin he brings the Christian tradition into a cosmology of care for the whole of creation.

Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth

The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism

Author: Ervin Laszlo,Allan Combs

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594779333

Category: Nature

Page: 160

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A tribute to the visionary contributions and prophetic writings of Thomas Berry, spiritual ecologist and father of environmentalism • Contains 10 essays by eminent philosophers, thinkers, and scientists in the field of ecology and sustainability, including Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, and Allan Combs • Calls for a transformation of consciousness to resolve today’s global ecological and human challenges • Includes a little-known but essential essay by Thomas Berry When cultural historian and spiritual ecologist Thomas Berry, described by Newsweek magazine as “the most provocative figure among the new breed of eco-theologians,” passed away in 2009 at age 94, he left behind a dream of healing the “Earth community.” In his numerous lectures, books, and essays, Berry proclaimed himself a scholar of the earth, a “geologian,” and diligently advocated for a return to Earth-based spirituality. This anthology presents 10 essays from leading philosophers, scientists, and spiritual visionaries--including Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, and Allan Combs--on the genius of Berry’s work and his quest to resolve our global ecological and spiritual challenges, as well as a little-known but essential essay by Berry himself. Revealing Berry’s insights as far ahead of their time, these essays reiterate the radical nature of his ideas and the urgency of his most important conclusion: that money and technology cannot solve our problems, rather, we must reestablish the indigenous connection with universal consciousness and return to our fundamental spontaneous nature--still evident in our dreams--in order to navigate our ecological challenges successfully.

Befriending the Earth

A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth

Author: Thomas Berry,Thomas Mary Berry,Thomas E. Clarke,Anne Lonergan

Publisher: Mystic, Conn. : Twenty-Third Publications


Category: Religion

Page: 157

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Evening Thoughts

Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community

Author: Thomas Berry

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 157805186X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 175

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Among the contemporary voices for the Earth, none resonates like that of noted cultural historian Thomas Berry. His teaching and writings have inspired a generation's thinking about humankind's place in the Earth community and the universe, engendering widespread critical acclaim and a documentary film on his life and work. This new collection of essays, from various years and occasions, expands and deepens ideas articulated in his earlier writings and also breaks new ground. Berry opens our eyes to the full dimensions of the ecological crisis, framing it as a crisis of spiritual vision. Applying his formidable erudition in cultural history, science, and comparative religions, he forges a compelling narrative of creation and communion that reconciles modern evolutionary thinking and traditional religious insights concerning our integral role in Earth's society. While sounding an urgent alarm at our current dilemma, Berry inspires us to reclaim our role as the consciousness of the universe and thereby begin to create a true partnership with the Earth community. With Evening Thoughts, this wise elder has lit another beacon to lead us home.

The Sacred Universe

Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century

Author: Thomas Berry,Mary Evelyn Tucker

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231149525

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 181

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A leading scholar, cultural historian, and Catholic priest who spent more than fifty years writing about our engagement with the Earth, Thomas Berry possessed prophetic insight into the rampant destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of species. In this book he makes a persuasive case for an interreligious dialogue that can better confront the environmental problems of the twenty-first century. These erudite and keenly sympathetic essays represent Berry's best work, covering such issues as human beings' modern alienation from nature and the possibilities of future, regenerative forms of religious experience. Asking that we create a new story of the universe and the emergence of the Earth within it, Berry resituates the human spirit within a sacred totality.

Dharma Gaia

A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology

Author: Allan Hunt Badiner

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 0938077309

Category: Philosophy

Page: 268

View: 4792

Dharma Gaia explores the ground where Buddhism and ecology meet through writings by the Dalai Lama, Gary Snyder, Thich Nhat Hanh, Allen Ginsberg, Joanna Macy, Robert Aitken, and 25 other Buddhists and ecologists. "Beautifully edited, well-written, and a pleasure to read."?Whole Life Times "Dharma Gaia helps to bring about a renewed stirring of love for the Earth" ?David Brower "Source documents for the emerging environmental era..." ?Eric Utne "Dharma Gaia provides rich fare for those of us who hunger to know place." ?Ram Dass "I recommend this book to all those with an open heart who struggle for more compassion and the greening of the self. If we are to survive, as the message of this book declares, we must develop a peaceful heart."?Petra Kelly

Religions of India

Hinduism, Yoga, Buddhism

Author: Thomas Berry

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231107815

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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This in-depth study explores the history and philosophy of India's major religions, explaining clearly the development of Buddhism, Yoga, and Hinduism over the centuries. A complete glossary of terms is included, as well as an index and suggestions for further reading.

Recovering a Sense of the Sacred

Conversations with Thomas Berry

Author: Carolyn W. Toben

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780988392809

Category: Human ecology

Page: 154

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Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry is a thoughtful and poignant memoir by Carolyn W. Toben recounting her spiritual journey with renowned scholar, author and cultural historian, Thomas Berry. For ten years, Carolyn spent many hours in deep discussions with Thomas Berry about his transformational thinking for healing the human-earth relationship through recovery of a sense of the sacred. This book is based on her personal notes, practices and reflections from these conversations. "Recovering a Sense of the Sacred is a poignant and intimate portrait that reveals deep insights into the work of the great contemporary mystic-sage, Thomas Berry. Even more than this, at this time of "historic confusion," this tender story provides a profound interior activation; it calls us toward another way of knowing that is essential for new levels of understanding. Reverent and real, this wonderful work provides gracious and wise companionship for a life of the sacred." -Tobin Hart, Ph.D., author of The Secret Spiritual World of Children "Carolyn Toben has given us a true gift! Recovering a Sense of the Sacred carries the reader to the heart of his/her deepest identity as a sacred being in a sacred planet in a sacred universe. Those who knew Thomas will find themselves right there in the midst of the conversations, listening in, smiling, bathed again in the warmth of his remarkable presence. For those who are new to Thomas or his work, this book is an excellent introduction to his comprehensive thought and wisdom, for here it reaches us through a sense of his person-his own deep sense of the sacred in every being, his reverence, hospitality and friendship." -Mary Southard, CSJ, artist and creator of the Earth Calendar "No thinker in the twentieth or twenty-first century has provided us with as much inspiration and guidance about the relationship between humans and the natural world as Thomas Berry. Carolyn Toben's very personal and eloquent book offers us an opportunity to sit with Thomas and absorb his special wisdom." -Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods "In this inspired book, Carolyn Toben chronicles her extended conversations with the noted theologian and philosopher, Thomas Berry. What she has achieved is not only a passionate homage to a great thinker and visionary, but a personal and moving statement of our human responsibility to access the depth of our consciousness in relation to all that exists around us." -Richard Lewis, author of Living By Wonder: The Imaginative Life of Childhood "This book is an exquisite gift for those of us familiar with Thomas Berry's writings and for those still new to his work. For here we meet the man himself in the context of an evolving relationship where, in different settings and moments over the last decade of his life, he shares his vision of a living universe and the immensity of meanings it holds for him. And here, in between their conversations, Carolyn Toben explores how his message is altering her own perceptions of the natural world and of herself. Their warm-hearted companionship invites us in as well, to come alive to the creative mutuality at the heart of all that is." -Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self "A fascinating and moving portrait of one of the Great Teachers of our time. I am deeply grateful for this lyrical and lucid memoir, which captures Thomas Berry's vision, his graciousness, his deep communion with the earth and its beings, and the implications of his work for the future. Skillfully transmitting his wisdom and presence, Carolyn Toben's encounter with the cosmology of Berry is a blessing for the entire planet." -Drew Dellinger, author of Love Letter to the Milky Way

Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology

Author: Anne Lonergan,Caroline Richards

Publisher: Twenty Third Publications

ISBN: 9780896223370

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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Thomas Berry presents his vision of cosmology and the relationships in creation. Responses from Donald Senior, Gregory Baum, Margaret Brennan, Stephen Dunn, James Farris, and Brian Swimme round out the insights and create magnetic reading.

The Letters of Teilhard De Chardin and Lucile Swan

Author: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin,Lucile Swan,Thomas Mulvihill King,Mary Wood Gilbert

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 316

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In 1929, the noted French paleontologist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin met Lucile Swan, an American sculptor at a dinner party in Peking. This first evening together began a remarkable friendship that lasted for twenty-five years and was recorded in their correspondence. This volume tells their story in their own words.

Living Cosmology

Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe

Author: Tucker, Mary Evelyn,Grim, John

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 160833645X

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Earth in Mind

On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect

Author: David W. Orr

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597268984

Category: Education

Page: 240

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In Earth in Mind, noted environmental educator David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. Much of what has gone wrong with the world, he argues, is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that: alienates us from life in the name of human domination; causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are; overemphasizes success and careers; separates feeling from intellect and the practical from the theoretical; deadens the sense of wonder for the created world. The crisis we face, Orr explains, is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge. The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and knowledge. He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective, and challenges the "terrible simplifiers" who wish to substitute numbers for values. He follows with a presentation of principles for re-creating education in the broadest way possible, discussing topics such as biophilia, the disciplinary structure of knowledge, the architecture of educational buildings, and the idea of ecological intelligence. Orr concludes by presenting concrete proposals for reorganizing the curriculum to draw out our affinity for life.

The Universe Story

From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era--A Celebration of the Unfol

Author: Brian Swimme

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062508350

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

View: 8389

From the big bang to the present and into the next millenium, The Universe Story unites science and the humanities in a dramatic exploration of the unfolding of the universe, humanity's evolving place in the cosmos, and the boundless possibilities for our future.

Make Prayers to the Raven

A Koyukon View of the Northern Forest

Author: Richard K. Nelson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226571638

Category: Social Science

Page: 292

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Portrayal of the Koyukon people and their natural surroundings based on sixteen months of living in the villages of Huslia and Hughes, Alaska between 1968 to 1972.

The Other Within

The Genius of Deformity in Myth, Culture & Psyche

Author: Daniel Deardorff

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781556437601

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 233

View: 3009

"Explains how innovations generated within societal and psychic margins ironically benefit the very ones who deny and exclude the so-called misfit and delineates the creation of 'otherness'"--Provided by publisher.

Green Sisters

Author: Sarah McFarland Taylor

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674027108

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Green sisters are environmentally active Catholic nuns working to heal the earth as they cultivate new forms of religious culture. Inviting us into their world, Taylor offers a firsthand understanding of the experiences of women whose lives bring together orthodoxy and activism, and whose lifestyle provides a compelling view of sustainable living.

The Variety of Integral Ecologies

Nature, Culture, and Knowledge in the Planetary Era

Author: Sam Mickey,Sean Kelly,Adam Robbert

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438465297

Category: Nature

Page: 394

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Presents integral approaches to ecology that cross the boundaries of the humanities, social sciences, and biophysical sciences. In the current era of increasing planetary interconnectedness, ecological theories and practices are called to become more inclusive, complex, and comprehensive. The diverse contributions to this book offer a range of integral approaches to ecology that cross the boundaries of the humanities and sciences and help us understand and respond to today’s ecological challenges. The contributors provide detailed analyses of assorted integral ecologies, drawing on such founding figures and precursors as Thomas Berry, Leonardo Boff, Holmes Rolston III, Ken Wilber, and Edgar Morin. Also included is research across the social sciences, biophysical sciences, and humanities discussing multiple worldviews and perspectives related to integral ecologies. The Variety of Integral Ecologies is both an accessible guide and an advanced supplement to the growing research for a more comprehensive understanding of ecological issues and the development of a peaceful, just, and sustainable planetary civilization.

Journey of the Universe

Author: Brian Thomas Swimme,Mary Evelyn Tucker

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300171900

Category: Nature

Page: 175

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The authors tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. This book is part of a larger project that includes a documentary film, educational DVD series, and Web site.

Green Illusions

The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

Author: Ozzie Zehner

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803243367

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 437

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We don’t have an energy crisis. We have a consumption crisis. And this book, which takes aim at cherished assumptions regarding energy, offers refreshingly straight talk about what’s wrong with the way we think and talk about the problem. Though we generally believe we can solve environmental problems with more energy—more solar cells, wind turbines, and biofuels—alternative technologies come with their own side effects and limitations. How, for instance, do solar cells cause harm? Why can’t engineers solve wind power’s biggest obstacle? Why won’t contraception solve the problem of overpopulation lying at the heart of our concerns about energy, and what will? This practical, environmentally informed, and lucid book persuasively argues for a change of perspective. If consumption is the problem, as Ozzie Zehner suggests, then we need to shift our focus from suspect alternative energies to improving social and political fundamentals: walkable communities, improved consumption, enlightened governance, and, most notably, women’s rights. The dozens of first steps he offers are surprisingly straightforward. For instance, he introduces a simple sticker that promises a greater impact than all of the nation’s solar cells. He uncovers why carbon taxes won’t solve our energy challenges (and presents two taxes that could). Finally, he explores how future environmentalists will focus on similarly fresh alternatives that are affordable, clean, and can actually improve our well-being. Watch a book trailer.