Thomas Berry’s – Twelve Principles | the Universe Story – a New Story

This video tape of his lecture to students about his Twelve Principles reveals how insightful he is. It caused me to seriously jump out of my seat, discovering with delight a completely new and unique way of seeing and interpreting a Christian and an altogether spiritually ecologically inclusive perspective. It is more Buddhist in a way.

When I first discovered the book The Universe Story written by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme about 7 years ago attending a college consortium class, I was astounded. This was the first religious scholar to actually redefine the place of humans, according to – not ignoring – scientific discoveries about the cosmos and the quantum world.

I wrote about this in a former blog,

Thomas Berry indicates that humans are nothing without the community of the earth

“Humans must redefine themselves from a human-centric, to a biocentric, geocentric and cosmo–centric role that we play.”

Interestingly, he questions the Pope’s (at that time) encyclical, that talks of the importance of this or that human social thing, without representing or acknowledging whatsoever the human relationship to the community of the natural world. 

Berry says that humans can not be extracted from the natural world, that our whole relationship with the natural world can’t be ignored. That to separate humans from the importance of being caretakers to the entire community of the earth, is an abstraction. 

The work and information that these men espouse in The Universe Story is critical for the entire planetary community. 

“There is no human society in and of itself, there is only the community of the earth.“

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