[1914 - ]
Religions of India (1972)
In clear, concise discussions of Hinduism, Yoga, and Buddhism, Thomas Berry
sets forth the insights that have developed on the subcontinent and
illustrates their significance for the religious and spiritual life of all
mankind. . . . Recommended as a concise introduction for general readers.
Technology and the Healing of the Earth
The Dream of the Earth (1988)
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.
Befriending the Earth: A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth
(1991) with Anne Lonergan, Stephen Dunn, and Thomas Clarke
The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era -- A
Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos (1992) with
Sierra Club: Creative Energy (1996)
This lovely volume adapts Thomas Berry's profoundly important and popular
The Dream of the Earth to convey anew his concerns and hopes for the planet.
Berry pleads for a future rescued from ecological disaster by new "biocratic"
priorities based foremost on the needs of the planet.
The Great Work: Our Way into the Future (1999)
Thomas Berry is one of the most eminent cultural historians of our time.
Here he presents the culmination of his ideas and urges us to move from
being a disrupting force on the Earth to a benign presence. This transition
is the Great Work -- the most necessary and most ennobling work we will ever
undertake. Berry's message is not one of doom but of hope. He reminds
society of its function, particularly the universities and other educational
institutions whose role is to guide students into an appreciation rather
than an exploitation of the world around them. Berry is the leading
spokesperson for the Earth, and his profound ecological insight illuminates
the path we need to take in the realms of ethics, politics, economics, and
education if both we and the planet are to survive.
Every Being Has Rights (2004)
This booklet has the text of Thomas Berry's lecture given in October 2003 as
part of the 23rd annual Schumacher Lectures.
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (2006) Mary Evelyn Tucker, ed.
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.
Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics
The increasing awareness of environmental issues as ultimately moral issues
has led to the intersection of religion and environment. Sacramental Commons
presents a unique way of looking at this topic by relating the Christian
word sacrament (signs of divine presence) to the term commons (shared place
and shared goods, among people and between people and the natural world),
suggesting that local natural settings and local communities can be a source
for respect and compassion.
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