“The spirituality of the earth refers to a quality of the earth itself, not a human spirituality with special reference to the planet Earth. Earth is the maternal principle out of which we are born and from which we derive all that we are and all that we have. We come into being in and through the Earth. Simply put, we are Earthlings. The Earth is our origin, our nourishment, our educator, our healer, our fulfilment. At its core, even our spirituality is Earth derived. The human and the Earth are totally implicated, each in the other. If there is no spirituality in the Earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves.”
From Thomas Berry, The Sacred Universe.
2 thoughts on “The Spirituality of the Earth”
Thank you so much for your perceptive comment, Ruth. Yes, I agree that Father Berry’s insight resonates with greater depth and breadth than Sagan’s anthropocentric ‘scientism’. I do wonder, though, whether what you label dissonance might be heard rather as an awkward harmony.
For me there’s a dissonance between Fr. Berry’s words and the video. The latter is all about us. Humans. It’s very much in keeping with the zeitgeist. In Sagan’s words the Earth is but a “stage”, presumably for the main attraction – the human drama. Thomas Berry’s teachings are to the contrary. He wrote and spoke with great wisdom and tenderness of humility, reverence, and belonging.