The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community

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Thomas Berry had a gentle yet mesmerizing and luminescent presence that was evident to anyone who spent time with him. His intellectual scope and erudite manner were compelling, and the breadth, depth, clarity, and elegance of his vision was breathtaking. Berry was an intellectual giant and cultural visionary of extraordinary stature.

Thomas Berry’s vast knowledge of history, religions, and cultural histories is a unique blend revealing a genuine, original thinker. The ...

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Overview

Thomas Berry had a gentle yet mesmerizing and luminescent presence that was evident to anyone who spent time with him. His intellectual scope and erudite manner were compelling, and the breadth, depth, clarity, and elegance of his vision was breathtaking. Berry was an intellectual giant and cultural visionary of extraordinary stature.

Thomas Berry’s vast knowledge of history, religions, and cultural histories is a unique blend revealing a genuine, original thinker. The ecological crisis, in all its manifestations, came to dominate Berry’s concerns. He perceived that the greatest need was to offer the possibility of a viable future for an Earth community. Many know of his proposal for a functional cosmology, the need for a new story, and a vital Earth sensitive spirituality. Few know of his rich and varied intellectual journey.

The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community is about the roots and insights hidden within his ecological, spiritual proposal. These essays, written by experts on Thomas Berry’s work, probe into, and reveal distinct themes that permeate his work, in gratitude for his contribution to the Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Rosemary Radford Ruether
This book, edited by Canadian theologian Heather Eaton, is clearly to be the definitive work on Thomas Berry. Berry was an immensely learned man. His lifetime of study led him across many groups of religion, philosophies, cultures, and science. His vision of a new universe story synthesized these many fields of thought. This book of fourteen essays elucidates these many areas of knowledge that went into his planetary vision.
Bill McKibben
Thomas Berry is one of the powerful and original thinkers of the last century; it's very good to see his crucial work set in context.
John Cobb
This book makes clear that Berry’s insight that "the universe is a communion of subjects" has an importance comparable to that of the evolutionary origins of human beings, the unconscious dimension of experience, and the relativity of space and time. Perhaps now, in the twenty-first century, this book will enable far more people to appreciate his vision and to appropriate it, critically but humbly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739185902
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/21/2014
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Heather Eaton is professor of conflict studies at Saint Paul University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Brian Swimme

Introduction
Heather Eaton

Chapter 1: Thomas Berry and the New Story: An Introduction to the Work of Thomas Berry
Mary Evelyn Tucker

Chapter 2: Exploring Thomas Berry’s Historical Vision
John Grim

Part I. Thomas Berry and Traditional Religions
Chapter 3: Thomas Berry on Yoga, Buddhism and Carl Jung
Christopher Key Chapple

Chapter 4: The Influence of Confucianism on Thomas Berry’s Thought
Mary Evelyn Tucker

Chapter 5: Thomas Berry’s Understanding of the Psychic-Spiritual Dimension of Creation: Some Sources
Dennis O’Hara

Chapter 6: Understanding the Universe as Sacred: The Challenge for Contemporary Christianity
Cristina Vanin

Chapter 7: Thomas Berry and Indigenous Thought: First Nations and Communion with the Natural World
John Grim

Chapter 8: Metamorphosis: A Cosmology of Religions in an Ecological Age
Heather Eaton

Part II. Expanding Horizons
Chapter 9: The Great Work in a Sacred Universe: The Role of Science in Berry’s Visionary Proposal
Anne Marie Dalton

Chapter 10: The Earth Jurisprudence of Thomas Berry and the Tradition of Revolutionary Law
Brian Brown

Chapter 11: From the Daily and Local to the Communion of Subjects
Paul Waldau
Afterword: Postmodern Suggestions
Stephen Dunn

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