We have a new story of the universe. Science has given us a new revelatory experience. It is now giving us a new intimacy with the Earth.

Thomas Berry Dream of the Earth

Thomas Berry received his Ph.D. in European intellectual history with a thesis on the philosopher of history, Giambattista Vico. Widely read in Western history and theology, he also spent many years studying and teaching the cultures and religions of Asia. Thomas authored two books on Asian religions, Buddhism and Religions of India.

For more than twenty years, Thomas directed the Riverdale Center of Religious Research along the Hudson River. During this period he taught at Fordham University where he chaired the history of religions program and directed some twenty doctoral theses. With Brian Swimme he wrote The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992), which arose from a decade of collaborative research. This was inspired by Thomas’ essay, “The New Story” (1978).

His contributions to discussions on the environment are in his books The Dream of the Earth (San Francisco: Sierra Club, 1988; reprint Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015.), The Great Work: Our Way into the Future (Random House/Bell Towers, 1999), and Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community (San Francisco: Sierra Club, and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006; reprint Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015). His final books focusing on world religions were published in 2009: The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century by Columbia University Press and The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth by Orbis Books. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim assisted Thomas in editing his books. Tucker and Grim co-edited Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community (Orbis, 2014). They also wrote Thomas Berry: A Biography with Andrew Angyal (Columbia University Press, 2019).

The mission of the THOMAS BERRY FOUNDATION is to carry out the Great Work of Thomas in enhancing the flourishing of the Earth community. Created in 1998 by Thomas Berry, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, Martin Kaplan, and Thomas’ sister, Margaret Berry, the Foundation has promoted Thomas’ ideas through publishing his essays and overseeing translations, initiating an archive at Harvard, organizing the Thomas Berry Award and Lecture, developing a film and a book on the Journey of the Universe, and directing the American Teilhard Association. In addition, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale builds on the innovative work of Thomas in the history of world religions through a joint degree program in religion and ecology as well as through conferences, publications and a website.

For further information: www.thomasberry.org