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Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth: The Spiritual Ecology of the Father of Environmentalism

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This anthology of ten essays reiterate Thomas Berry's most important conclusion: that we must reestablish a connection with universal consciousness and return to our fundamental spontaneous nature in order to navigate our ecological challenges. Booklist (03/01/2011): Philosopher of science Laszlo and Combs, professor of transformative studies, prolific writers both, believe...

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This anthology of ten essays reiterate Thomas Berry's most important conclusion: that we must reestablish a connection with universal consciousness and return to our fundamental spontaneous nature in order to navigate our ecological challenges.
Booklist (03/01/2011):
Philosopher of science Laszlo and Combs, professor of transformative studies, prolific writers both, believe that in this heightened time of global crises and global awakening, the thinker to turn to for inspiration and guidance is renowned cultural historian and ecotheologian Thomas Berry (19142009), author of The Dream of the Earth (1988), among other seminal works. Berry saw the universe as a communion and a community and invented the term Ecozoic Period, introduced in a key essay included here, to describe humankinds now-profound impact on the rest of nature. This necessitates, Berry wrote, a radical change in consciousness and even a new sense of what it is to be human to address global problems. Accordingly, Laszlo, Combs, and eight other environmentally oriented scientists, philosophers, and writers delve into various aspects of Berrys paradigm-altering insights into creation, evolution, ecology, metaphysics, and ethics. This intellectually complex collection is both an inspiring introduction to Berrys spiritual environmentalism and, for those familiar with Berry, a compelling extension of his influential visions.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

Foreword (03/25/2011):
While the religious community is starkly divided on the issue of environmentalism, Thomas Berry was not. A Passionist priest and self-described cosmologist and "geologian," he came down firmly on the side of environmentalism and was a pioneer in the field after a revelatory, mystical experience with nature in his youth set his feet on the path. Berry, a proponent of "deep ecology," believed that people cannot function properly without an understanding of humanity's place in the universe. He also believed that that place went far deeper than merely a human presence on the planet, but was more like a shared existence and even consciousness-a genetic code that guides the soul.
The essays contained in this slim volume are both tributes to and explanations of Berry's work, as well as an introduction to him. While some of the concepts and discussions will make more sense to those who are already familiar with the environmental movement and its advocates, including the work of theologian Teilhard de Chardin and the field of integral ecology, anyone interested in humanity's deeper relationship to the earth and the creatures with whom it shares the planet will find much to admire.
Readers will relate to many of the subjects covered in essays by prominent authorities in the field. Of particular interest is "Dreaming in Sacred Sites," by Stanley Krippner, Paul Devereux, Adam Fish, Robert Tartz, and Allan Combs, which not only offers a description of Berry's mystical experience with his own sacred site, a field of lilies that he encountered at the age of twelve, but also gives fascinating glimpses into a broader, deeper relationship with certain locations on the earth that in human history have been believed to offer transformational experiences to those who dreamt there.
The essay "Earth Community: What It Tells Us About Faith and Power," by Joanna Macy, tells of the need of humans to reconnect with the world and the true state of human culture and its effect on the planet, in order to redirect efforts to preserve not just the planet but life itself. This book is an admirable introduction to that quest. COPYRIGHT(2011) Foreword Magazine, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Jacket Description/Back:
SPIRITUALITY / ECOLOGY "Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth offers an introduction to one of the most extraordinary thinkers of the twentieth century. His stature cannot be fully appreciated unless one brings to mind such axial personalities as Pythagoras or Confucius, thinkers who gave rise to civilizations. The deep structure of human beings is undergoing a seismic shift, which Thomas foresaw and in part evoked. To understand this new planetary mode of consciousness, there is no substitute for a close study of his ideas." --Brian Swimme, California Institute of Integral Studies, coauthor, with Thomas Berry, of The Universe Story, and author of The Universe Is a Green Dragon When cultural historian and spiritual ecologist Thomas Berry, described by Newsweek magazine as "the most provocative figure among the new breed of eco-theologians," passed away in 2009 at age 94, he left behind a dream of healing the "Earth community." In his numerous lectures, books, and essays, Berry proclaimed himself a scholar of the earth, a "geologian," and diligently advocated for a return to Earth-based spirituality. This anthology presents 10 essays from leading philosophers, scientists, and spiritual visionaries--including Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, and Allan Combs--on the genius of Berry's work and his quest to resolve our global ecological and spiritual challenges, as well as a little-known but essential essay by Berry himself. Revealing Berry's insights as far ahead of their time, these essays reiterate the radical nature of his ideas and the urgency of his most important conclusion: that money and technology cannot solve our problems; rather, we must reestablish the indigenous connection with universal consciousness and return to our fundamental spontaneous nature--still evident in our dreams--in order to navigate our ecological challenges successfully. ERVIN LASZLO, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and Chancellor-Designate of GlobalShift University. The founder and president of the Club of Budapest and the author of 83 books, he lives in Pisa, Italy. ALLAN COMBS is professor of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, codirector of integral studies at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut, and a founding member of the Integral Foundation. The author of more than 100 articles and books, he lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Brief Description:
"A tribute to the visionary contributions and prophetic writings of Thomas Berry"--Provided by publisher.

Table of Contents:

The WorldShift 2012 Declaration
Foreword: The Dreamer of the Earth -- Ervin Laszlo
Thomas Berry, Earth Scholar: A Brief Biography
1 The University of the Earth: An Introduction to Thomas Berry -- Allan Combs
2 The Emerging Ecozoic Period -- Thomas Berry
3 Some Thoughts on Thomas Berry's Contributions to the Western Spiritual Tradition -- Matthew Fox
4 Thomas Berry and the Evocation of Participatory Consciousness -- Geneen Marie Haugen
5 Inscendence--The Key to the Great Work of Our Time: A Soulcentric View of Thomas Berry's Work -- Bill Plotkin
6 Dreaming in Sacred Sites: A Study and Tribute to Thomas Berry -- Stanley Krippner, Paul Devereux, Adam Fish, Robert Tartz, and Allan Combs
7 The Double Life of Thomas Berry: Emergence and Evolution -- Duane Elgin
8 Ecological Interiority: Thomas Berry's Integral Ecology Legacy -- Sean Esbjorn-Hargens
9 Earth Community: What It Tells Us About Faith and Power -- Joanna Macy
10 Berry and the Shift from the Anthropocentric to the Ecological Age -- Ervin Laszlo
Notes
Contributors
Index

Biographical Note:
Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical "World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution" and Chancellor-Designate of GlobalShift University. The founder and president of the Club of Budapest and the author of 83 books, he lives in Pisa, Italy. Allan Combs is professor of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, codirector of integral studies at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut, and a founding member of the Integral Foundation. The author of more than 100 articles and books, he lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Review Quotes:
"Thomas Berry was one of the "Greats," and this collection by Laszlo and Combs is a wonderful tribute."

Review Quotes:
." . . an impressive job of conveying the sometimes complex spiritual perspectives of a contemporary visionary."

Review Quotes:
""Thomas Berry, Dreamer of the Earth" offers an introduction to one of the most extraordinary thinkers of the twentieth century. His stature cannot be fully appreciated unless one brings to mind such axial personalities as Pythagoras or Confucius, thinkers who gave rise to civilizations. The deep structure of human beings is undergoing a seismic shift, which Thomas foresaw and in part evoked. To understand this new planetary mode of consciousness, there is no substitute for a close study of his ideas."

Review Quotes:
"Here is another book calling us to reconnect with the natural world and to find all the meaning we need in an Earth-based spirituality."

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"Spontaneously I am inclined to shouting out an energetic, resounding (green) hallelujah of affirmation to the foregoing expression. Indeed, Bill Plotkin's essay is superlative in a volume that is reader worthy and excellent from start to finish. Space does not allow me to do equal justice to the contributions from Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Stanley Krippner, Geneen Marie Haugen, Matthew Fox and the others."

Review Quotes:
"The ten authors of this book review and extract the essence of Thomas Berry's thinking regarding our society's movement towards a sustainable environment and for saving our earth from destruction, destruction imposed upon it by the profit seeking industrial-business segment of our society. Thomas Berry goes beyond what many millions of us are 'doing' to save the earth by pointing out that it is the nature of our consciousness with regard to how we see life and our role as part of the universe and the earth's environment that needs to change and evolve...I found this reading especially exciting and most important for our survival."

Review Quotes:
"While the religious community is starkly divided on the issue of environmentalism. Thomas Berry was not. A Passionist priest and self-described cosmologist and "geologian" he came down firmly on the side of environmentalism and was a pioneer in the field. . . This book is an admirable introduction to that quest."
A tribute to the visionary contributions and prophetic writings of Thomas Berry, spiritual ecologist and father of environmentalism
- Contains 10 essays by eminent philosophers, thinkers, and scientists in the field of ecology and sustainability, including Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, and Allan Combs
- Calls for a transformation of consciousness to resolve today's global ecological and human challenges
- Includes a little-known but essential essay by Thomas Berry
When cultural historian and spiritual ecologist Thomas Berry, described by "Newsweek" magazine as "the most provocative figure among the new breed of eco-theologians," passed away in 2009 at age 94, he left behind a dream of healing the "Earth community." In his numerous lectures, books, and essays, Berry proclaimed himself a scholar of the earth, a "geologian," and diligently advocated for a return to Earth-based spirituality.
This anthology presents 10 essays from leading philosophers, scientists, and spiritual visionaries--including Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Duane Elgin, Sean Esbjorn-Hargens, Ervin Laszlo, and Allan Combs--on the genius of Berry's work and his quest to resolve our global ecological and spiritual challenges, as well as a little-known but essential essay by Berry himself. Revealing Berry's insights as far ahead of their time, these essays reiterate the radical nature of his ideas and the urgency of his most important conclusion: that money and technology cannot solve our problems, rather, we must reestablish the indigenous connection with universal consciousness and return to our fundamental spontaneous nature--still evident in our dreams--in order to navigate our ecological challenges successfully.

Review Citations:
Booklist 03/01/2011 pg. 23 (EAN 9781594773952, Paperback)
Foreword 03/25/2011 (EAN 9781594773952, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Laszlo, Ervin
Ervin Laszlo, twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, is editor of the international periodical "World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution" and Chancellor-Designate of the newly formed Global"Shift" University. He is the founder and president of the international think tanks the Club of Budapest and the General Evolution Research Group and the author of 83 books translated into 21 languages. He lives in Italy.

Contributor Bio: Combs, Allan
Allan Combs is professor of transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, co-director of integral studies at the Graduate Institute of Connecticut, and a founding member of the Integral Foundation. The author of more than 100 articles and books, he lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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