The Dream of the Earth

by Thomas Berry

Paperback, 2006


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.… (more)



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Counterpoint (2006), Edition: 2, 264 pages

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LibraryThing member John5918
To my mind Thomas Berry is one of the definitive contemporary Christian writers on ecology, or creation spirituality, and this is one of his definitive works.
LibraryThing member anne_fitzgerald
Essays questioning what it means to be part of a universe that is alive, by an "eco-theologian" whose thoughts have aroused environmentalists and re-cast views of the relationship between nature and science.
LibraryThing member earthlistener
Within the pages of his book, Berry overviews and examines the relationship between man and the rest of the world and nature. Within the book’s pages the author examines how the idea of man being apart and separate from nature being a myth and how human beings need to learn to be in harmony with
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the natural world once again. He wonders over how the connections within nature and the world around us should be important to everyone regardless of religion or residence. This book is truly a wonderful read regardless of one’s spirituality over ecology.
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