The Dream of the Earth

The Dream of the Earth

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by Thomas Berry
     
 

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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.
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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.

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The inaugural volume of the Sierra Club Nature and Natural Philosophy Library considers our ecological fate from a species perspective. Berry's seminal thesis proposes a universal "biocratic" criterion to evaluate human history, development, and activity. He contends that the validity of any human enterprise is the degree to which it enhances the universal life force. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780871566225
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
03/17/1990
Series:
Nature and Natural Philosophy Library
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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Thomas Berry, founder of the Riverdale Center for Religious Research, Riverdale, New York, has been hailed by critic Kenneth L. Woodward as "the most provocative figure among this new breed of eco-theologians . . . whose essays have aroused environmentalists like a voice crying in the wilderness."

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The Dream of the Earth 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Israel5 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading"the dream of the earth". Speaking as a Christian I do not understand where Berry's claim against Christianity is. (And consider Berry is a Catholic priest.) How can we just drop the kerygma? I am all for including the Native American myth as part of our New Story. But Christ will always elude the kind of understanding that Berry advocates. Christ is the ultimate anomaly. Without Christ, with only Technology and Science our civilization will cave in. The futurist now don't worry about future. We just need to live our moments. We are always cutting edge. And as Marx claim whenever if there are problems in the society, the society will bring that problem to the fore. I am crossing my fingers for that. Explict communication is not the only way we get along with each other and with the nature. Perhaps Berry was hinting that we do talk to nature, even if it doesn't go on the TV.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago