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Thomas Berry's Sacred Surround: An Introduction to His Thought & Spirituality (English Edition) di [Flinders, Tim]
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This is the first book to offer an introductory overview of the thought and spirituality of Catholic “ecologian” Thomas Berry. The first part introduces the reader to Berry’s work, tracing his development as a traditional scholar of Asian religions at Fordham University during the Sixties, to his emergence as one of the leading voices of the spiritual ecology movement, “an American original, a cultural prophet in the style of Isaiah pleading the case for the restoration of the natural world on behalf of its non-human inhabitants." The introduction examines Berry’s critique of industrial culture, and his call for a new creation story, based upon contemporary cosmology, which locates the divine at the heart of creation and sees all of the natural world as sacred.

The second part of the book looks at his proposal for a new “ecologically sensitive” spirituality which, along with the New Story, is meant to recast Christian doctrine and make it more relevant and responsive to the planetary crisis.

A final chapter describes the contemplative “Program of Trusteeship” developed by writer and spiritual teacher Eknath Easwaran at the University of California, Berkeley during the Sixties, as a working model of Berry’s new spirituality.

A foreword is contributed by Father Jim Conlon, director of the Sophia Center at Holy Names University, Oakland, California, a graduate program in Culture and Spirituality based on the work of Thomas Berry.

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  • Editore: Two Rock Publishing (21 agosto 2011)
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  • ASIN: B005IH07O4
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5.0 su 5 stelle Spirit-Centered Trusteeship 1 gennaio 2013
Di M. Davis - Pubblicato su
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Tim Flinders has used his elegant literary voice to bring to life the words of Father Thomas Berry and Sri Eknath Easwaran in his book, Thomas Berry's Sacred Surround: An Introduction to His Thoughts & Spirituality.

This book could not have been better timed considering the planetary challenges of global warming and the pressing need to become active trustees of our planet.

Thomas Berry makes a strong case for a new spiritual ecology movement in which we realize our interconnectedness as humans to a common spirit and to the universe. Both eastern and western mystics point us in the right direction toward a spirit centered life if we are willing to do as Sri Easwaran instructs and turn inwards and contemplate their words.

I believe the following quotes by Carl Gustav Jung perhaps sums up the problems associated with the ascendency of rationalism at the expense of numinosity asserted by Berry and Easwaran, and the mindset/spiritset that will lead us to an interconnected spirit-centered trusteeship of our planet:

"Modern man does not understand how much his `rationalism' (which has destroyed his capacity to respond to numinous symbols and ideas) has put him at the mercy of the psychic `underworld.' He has freed himself from `superstition' (or so he believes), but in the process he has lost his spiritual values to a positively dangerous degree. His moral and spiritual tradition has disintegrated, and he is now paying the price for this break-up in world-wide disorientation and dissociation."

~CG Jung, Man and his Symbols

"At times I feel as if I am spread out over the landscape and inside things, and am myself living in every tree, in the plashing of the waves, in the clouds and the animals that come and go, in the procession of the seasons."

~ C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
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5.0 su 5 stelle The common thread 15 giugno 2012
Di Timothy J. Gannon - Pubblicato su
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This book shares a common thesis between Father Thomas Berry and Eknath Easwaran as described by Tim Flinders. Our ecological crisis is a crisis of the mind or specifically a crisis of spiritual life. This is the first book on the crisis of ecology that does not demand that I stop putting salt on my food or refrain from eating meat. It does observe that I dwell in the spiritual place from which I take conscious dedicated action. This book is very much in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. This book is beautifully and maturely written. It points to the importance of thinking and praying first and then acting. The action required is very personal. I think that this book is unique in that it observes that we are each required to make great sacrifice, but that sacrifice is an opportunity for joy. The conjunction of sacrifice and joy is usually an oxymoron, but in this book is a deeply spiritual message. I am deeply grateful to Tim Flinders for writing this book, and it encourage all who seek a deeper spirituality to read it.
5.0 su 5 stelle Covers a lot of ground 10 agosto 2013
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This book is for those who want to know Thomas Berry and the evolution and key points of his thought. I've read enough of Berry to feel that Flinders' work is fair and accurate. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to know Berry's work. However, it does not substitute for reading Berry directly.

I was puzzled in reading the Kindle edition why there were some strange marks in the text, especially when it came to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. That is, the strange mark appeared when it seemed his name should have appeared. It was unsettling. Was it just a glitch on my Kindle?
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent introduction to Berry 2 novembre 2015
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Has exceeded expectations as an overview of Berry's work. I haven't yet reached the part that describes the author's response. The only problem is with my Kindle for Android reader. I was able to figure out that an apostrophe s ('s) should be some variation of "Chardin's" or "Tiehard's." Where that name isn't in possessive form, it is simply omitted from the sentence. At least I can follow the meaning, unlike in another book, in which the ereader dropped one or more lines of text at a crucial point in the development of an argument.
5.0 su 5 stelle Moving and Inspiring 20 dicembre 2014
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Tim Flinders takes the work of Thomas Berry and renders it pertinent to daily life in an industrialized society. It gives depth and meaning to simple ecological acts by aligning them with the sacred. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to understand Thomas Berry's theology and what it means to us today and to anyone who wishes to better understand how simple acts to protect Earth are holy acts.
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