Thomas Berryreceived his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in European intellectual history with a thesis on Giambattista Vico. Widely read in Western history and theology, he also spent many years studying and teaching the cultures and religions of Asia. He has lived in China and traveled to other parts of Asia. He wrote a book on Buddhism and one on Religions of India, both of which are distributed by Columbia University Press. For some twenty years, he directed the Riverdale Center for Religious Research along the Hudson River. During this period he taught at Fordham University where he organized the history of religions program and directed twenty-five doctoral theses. His major contributions to the discussions on the environment are in his books The Dream of the Earth (Sierra Club Books, 1988) and with Brian Swimme The Universe Story (Harper San Francisco, 1992).
Abstract of paper given at
Christianity and Ecology conference:
A core element of Christian thinking has been its concern with how humans relate to the cosmos and the Creator. From the Genesis Creation Story to the Psalms and from the early Church Fathers to medieval cosmology and monasticism, Christians have sought ways to live in relation to a universe of meaning and mystery. This paper will highlight some of these traditional sources emphasizing the thought of Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century and Teilhard de Chardin in the 20th century. The role of the human in the creative processes of the universe will be emphasized.