9781578051359

The Dream of the Earth

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    9781578051359

  • ISBN10:

    1578051355

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-10-01
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brian Swimme vii
Introduction xi
1. Returning to Our Native Place
1(5)
2. The Earth Community
6(7)
3. Human Presence
13(11)
4. Creative Energy
24(12)
5. The Ecological Age
36(14)
6. Technology and the Healing of the Earth
50(20)
7. Economics as a Religious Issue
70(19)
8. The American College in the Ecological Age
89(20)
9. Christian Spirituality and the American Experience
109(14)
10. The New Story 123(15)
11. Patriachy: A New Interpretation of History 138(25)
12. Bioregions: The Context for Reinhabiting the Earth 163(8)
13. The Hudson River Valley: A Bioregional Story 171(9)
14. The Historical Role of the American Indian 180(14)
15. The Dream of the Earth: Our Way into the Future 194(22)
16. The Cosmology of Peace 216(8)
Bibliography 224(17)
Index 241

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