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The Dream of the Earth

Preface by Terry Tempest Williams, Foreword by Brian Swimme

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June 9, 2015 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 264 Pages | ISBN 9781619025325
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“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

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.

THOMAS BERRY, 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

“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… 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