The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century

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A leading scholar, cultural historian, and Catholic priest who spent more than fifty years writing about our engagement with the Earth, Thomas Berry possessed prophetic insight into the rampant destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of species. In this book he makes a persuasive case for an interreligious dialogue that can better confront the environmental problems of the twenty-first century. These erudite and keenly sympathetic essays represent Berry's best work, covering such issues as human beings' modern alienation from nature and the possibilities of future, regenerative forms of religious experience. Asking that we create a new story of the universe and the emergence of the Earth within it, Berry resituates the human spirit within a sacred totality.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1st edition (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231149522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231149525
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

VIP, Very Important Publication for Everyone

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 19, 2015
By David Glass
Thomas Berry is the dean of global reasonableness in all fields of endeavor, sensitive to and a proponent of the re-sacral-ization of reality on all levels and fronts. He speaks to the most reasonable and intelligent readers as a voice of sanity and responsibility in a world looking for new leadership and guidance. Expertly written by an excellent and thoroughly knowledgeable thinker of the first maginitude.

An Exciting Journey of Faith for the 21st Century

One person found this helpful.
 on March 30, 2014
By Rev. David Price
Thomas Berry is a leader before his epoch in a recognition of the first revelation of God, the Creation. He allows the reader to break away from historical Christian frameworks and move to being open and inclusive about the world, the Galaxy and the Universe.

Five Stars

 on January 30, 2017
By Susan Crawford
Great read.


 on April 28, 2014
By Marilynn G-R
I found this book marvelous! Thomas Berry sees the largest picture here, of the universe and us as a part of it. A must read for understanding our connection to all that is.

this book gives readers access to the best of Thomas Berry and clearly locates us in the …

 on October 12, 2014
By Daniel T. Benedict Jr.
A collection of essays, this book gives readers access to the best of Thomas Berry and clearly locates us in the human-Earth focus.

A Text for Religious Educators.

40 people found this helpful.
 on December 30, 2009
By Jack Dougher
Ordained or not, no purveyor of religion today should teach without having had an extensive course using this book as one of its texts. It is too important to be relegated to those relatively few who are self-starting, spiritual seekers or environmentalists. This book deserves being used as a companion to the sacred scriptures of each and every religion. Thomas Berry has gotten to the heart of the reform of consciousness without which nothing else can adequately address our ecological crisis. His passing this year at the age of 90 is a sore loss, but this book along with other of his writings will continue to enlighten and bless us.

must read

 on April 19, 2014
By Todd G. Beck
A thought provoking read for all those interested in the future of our planet., The merging of science and religion.

gift for my grandkids

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 28, 2012
By hunter42
best book i’ve ever read and i’m a 70 year old voracious reader. will leave the book for my 2 grandkids to read when they can/will understand the book’s message. discusses global type problems beyond the purview of religion and scripture AND what mankind must do to alter our toxic trajectory. hints at possible mass extinction unless we address the error of our consumptive ways which could leave the earth uninhabitable and closes with an optimistic worldview.

Five Stars

 on August 7, 2015
By Cele Joy

The Sacred Cosmos

8 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2010
By zenhole
Thomas Berry’s timely work came into my possession as the oil disaster spread its killing stain throughout the entire Gulf of Mexico. Commentators seem concerned as to how we shall clean up the shores. The real question is “How far can the pollution travel if the well is unable to be stopped?” Is it possible that the pollution could spread to the entire earth? Would that not be the first act of the end of life on earth as we know it? If this can occur when ONE well fails, what would happen if they were all made to fail?

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