The Great Work: Our Way into the Future

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Crown/Archetype, Aug 10, 2011 - History - 159 pages
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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.


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Review: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future

User Review  - Erik Akre - Goodreads

Thomas Berry is noble and profound. This book is dead-serious, yet full of hope and compassionate wisdom. It sets out the 21st century human task with eloquence, and pulling no punches. Humanity needs ... Read full review

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User Review  - Samantha - Goodreads

Ecological, spiritual, and moving. Found so many great quotes I need to be reminded of daily to consider every being as a precious creation--human and non-human! Read full review

Contents

IQ THE MEADOW ACROSS THE cREER
12
O THE EARTH STORY
21
THE N0RTH AMERICAN c0NTNENT
33
THE WILD AND THE SACRED
48
Q THE VIABLE HUMAN
56
THE UNIVERSITY
72
ECOLOGICAL GEOGRAPHY
86
ETHICS AND ECOLOGY
100
Q THE CORPORATION STORY
117
I2 THE EXTRACTIVE ECONOMY
136
I5 Q THE PETROLEUM INTERVAL
150
I4 Q REINVENTING THE HUMAN
159
I5 THE DYNAMICS OF THE FUTURE
166
I6 Q THE FOURFOLD VVISDOM
176
MOMENTS 01 GRACE
196
Copyright

IO THE NEW POLITICAL ALIGNMENT
107

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About the author (2011)

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.


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