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The Great Work: Our Way into the Futureby Thomas Berry
Synopses & Reviews
Thomas Berry is one of the most eminent cultural historians of our time. Here he presents the culmination of his ideas and urges us to move from being a disrupting force on the Earth to a benign presence. This transition is the Great Work — the most necessary and most ennobling work we will ever undertake. Berry's message is not one of doom but of hope. He reminds society of its function, particularly the universities and other educational institutions whose role is to guide students into an appreciation rather than an exploitation of the world around them. Berry is the leading spokesperson for the Earth, and his profound ecological insight illuminates the path we need to take in the realms of ethics, politics, economics, and education if both we and the planet are to survive.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A cultural historian synthesizes his own work in the areas of religious history and cultural studies to argue for creating a new path for ecological and cultural survival. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
About the Author
Thomas Berry founded the History of Religions Program at Fordham University and the Riverdale Center of Religious Research. He has served as president of the American Teilhard de Chardin Association, and won a Lannan Foundation Award for The Dream of the Earth. Together with the scientist Brian Swimme, he wrote The Universe Story: A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos. He lives in the hill country of the Southern Appalachians.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS — The great work — The meadow across the creek — The earth story — The North American continent — The wild and the sacred — The viable human — The university — Ecological geography — Ethics and ecology — The new political alignment — The corporation story — The extractive economy — The petroleum interval — Reinventing the human — The dynamics of the future — The fourfold wisdom — Moments of grace.
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