The Dream of the Earth

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Thomas Berry (1914-2009), one of the leading environmental thinkers in North America, was the director of the Riverdale Center for Religious Research and founder of the History of Religions Program at Fordham University. His other major publications include Evening Thoughts (2006), The Universe Story with Brian Swimme (1992), and The Great Work (1999).


Praise for The Dream of the Earth

This first volume in a new series, the Sierra Club Nature and Natural Philosophy Library, explores human-earth relations and seeks a new, non-anthropocentric approach to the natural world. According to cultural historian Berry, our immediate danger is not nuclear war but industrial plundering; our entire society, he argues, is trapped in a closed cycle of production and consumption. Berry points out that our perception of the earth is the product of cultural conditioning, and that most of us fail to think of ourselves as a species but rather as national, ethnic, religious or economic groups. Describing education as a process of cultural coding somewhat parallel to genetic coding, he proposes a curriculum based on awareness of the earth. He discusses patriarchy as a new interpretation of Western historical development, naming four patriachies that have controlled Western history, becoming progressively destructive: the classical empires, the ecclesiastical establishment, the nation-state and the modern corporation. We must reject partial solutions and embrace profound changes toward a biocracy that will heal the earth, urges the author who defines problems and causes with eloquence. - Publishers Weekly

With this classic book, Thomas Berry broke crucial new ground in the human relationship with the planet. Its ripples will spread for generations to come.--Bill McKibben, author of Hope, Human and Wild

The Dream of the Earth is a landmark. There is no wiser or more hopeful guide through the years ahead.--David Orr, counselor to the President, Oberlin College

Thomas Berry brings us into the presence of the entire cosmic order, of body-earth-body, and with his hand on the pulse--on ours and on what he calls 'the basic structure and functioning of the Earth, ' we re-find the deep interior, the 'Everywhere'. --Gretel Ehrlich, author of Facing the Wave

....a profoundly important and contemplative vision of how we should relate to this privileged planet which nurtured the rise of civilization.--Thomas E. Lovejoy, Blue Planet Prize Laureate 2012

Thomas Berry is an exemplar in a tradition that includes a diverse group of spiritually radiant individuals (Gandhi, the monk Thomas Merton, the Lakota elder Black Elk), visionaries (Jacques Ellul, Terry Tempest Williams, Rachel Carson), and writers (Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Rebecca Solnit, Loren Eiseley). For these people the pressing issue has always been the preservation of an enduring community. Berry is a superb guide on the road that leads us back to the tradition of wisdom keepers, the ones who keep us awake. --Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams

Praise for Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as a Sacred Community

The wisdom of Thomas Berry is a mountain stream - clear, brilliant, revealing, bracing and sustaining, flowing from deep time and the essential Earth. In these bewildering years, I thirst for Thomas Berry's insights. I drink him in great gulps. I give thanks for the beautiful, inspiring Evening Thoughts, which collects his wisdom and offers it in cupped hands.--Kathleen Dean Moore, author, Riverwalking and coeditor, Moral Ground

In darkening times Thomas Berry announces the dawn of a new Earth-centered consciousness grounded in a larger view of humankind and a deeper sense of the sacred. Evening Thoughts is a very great gift from a very wise man.--David Orr, counselor to the President, Oberlin College

If we listen deeply to Thomas Berry's persistent articulation of the voice of the Earth, we can begin to learn to join the Earth Community as the authentic way of fully embodying our humanity.--Tu Weiming, Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Peking University

One of the great thinkers of our time, Berry offers a vision of intimacy with the Earth as our way to intimacy with each other. This is a marvelous continuation of the Berry canon.--James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

As always, the voice of Thomas Berry manages to be simultaneously calm, sweeping, insistent, particular. It's a voice we badly need to keep hearing.--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature