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Ecozoic Spirituality

The Symphony of God, Humanity, and the Universe


Kwang Sun Choi

This book guides the reader to the emerging Ecozoic Era when humans will be present upon the Earth in a mutually enhancing manner. Indeed, this book calls for an Ecozoic spirituality that is timely and much needed. It also illustrates an important direction for theology and spirituality and for deep ecumenism that is yet to be fully realized and opens more doors for such dialogue.
By giving special attention to the integral relationship among God, the cosmos, and humanity, the works of Thomas Berry (1914–2009, USA) and Zhou Dunyi (1017–1073, China) provide insights that speak to the current ecological crisis, a cosmological context for developing an Ecozoic spirituality, while helping to advance clear values and ethical parameters that lead to a more authentic human presence on Earth.
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    1. The term “Ecozoic” was created by Thomas Berry to refer to the geo-biological era that follows the terminal phase of the Cenozoic era “when human conduct will be guided by the ideal of an integral earth community, a period when humans will be present upon the Earth in a mutually enhancing manner.” Thomas Berry, “Ecozoic Era,” 1.

    2. Thomas Berry, The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century, ed. Mary Evelyn Tucker (Columbia University Press, 2009), 69.

    3. Ruether, Gaia and God, 139.

    4. Rich Heffern, “Thomas Berry, environmentalist-priest, dies,” National Catholic Reporter (June 1, 2009). (accessed on Oct 5, 2011).

    5. Tucker, “An Intellectual Biography of Thomas Berry,” in Evening Thoughts, 159.

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