Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community

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Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community. Selected with an Introduction by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Orem. (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014, Pp. 197. $22.00.)

Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a pioneering American religious writer on both cosmic environmental issues and comparative Asian religions. Born the third of thirteen children in a Greensboro, North Carolina, family, he joined a Roman Catholic religious order at an early age and later earned a doctorate from Catholic University and spent two years studying in China from 1948 to 1949. He later taught at several American Catholic universities. When he joined the theology department of Fordham University, his courses on world religions and on cosmic Christianity soon became the most popular of the department's offerings. His work was highly original, influenced by such expansive figures as Thomas Aquinas, Giambattista Vico and Teilhard de Chardin. He mentored more than twenty-five doctoral candidates as well. His longest tenure was at the Riverdale Center for Religious Research, an old Victorian house on the Hudson River that held his library of ten thousand books and many sacred writings in original languages. Gifted with languages, Berry urged his students to gain fluency with at least one major historical language in addition to English. …

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