[F&ES 787E/REL 911H] / 2016-2017
Thomas Berry: Life and Thought
This six-week hybrid course investigates the life and thought of Thomas Berry in relation to the field of religion and ecology as well as the Journey of the Universeproject. Berry (1914–2009) was a historian of religions and a significant voice awakening religious sensibilities to the environmental crisis. He is particularly well known for articulating a “Universe Story” that explores the world-changing implication of evolutionary sciences. As an overview this course draws on his books, articles, and recorded lectures to examine such ideas as the Universe Story, the Great Work, and the Ecozoic era. In addition, the course explores his studies in world religions including Buddhism, Confucianism, and indigenous traditions. Finally the course highlights his challenge to Christianity to articulate theologies of not only divine-human relations, but also human-Earth relations. This is an online hybrid course; no shopping period.