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.
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"This volume quite possibly is one of the ten most important books of the twentieth century." -- Dr. Donald B. Conroy, President, North American Conference on Religion and Ecology --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Inspiring and deep. A must read for anyone interested in loving our Earth.Published 10 months ago by daniel h whitman
Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a Catholic priest of the Passionist order, cultural historian and ecotheologian; he wrote other books such as The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Steven H Propp
I had to get it for my Master's program and we used it very infrequently. The little we did use it, I thought it was a bunch of drivel.Published 12 months ago by Melekali
All of Thomas Berry's books are amazing. This along side all his others are always a good read. I highly recommend to any person looking to enlightened ones mind.Published 19 months ago by ThaneCook
The best thinking on the subject of saving the
Earth I've read. It is beautiful and pleasing to
I love Thomas Berry's vision. I hope people will come to see themselves as earth and not a separate enity. His writing is beautiful as well as inspirational.Published on December 21, 2012 by KellyY