Thomas Berry Reflects on The Great Turning  

Thomas Berry was a philosopher, priest and ecologian. A pioneer exploring the possible contours of our future, he re-envisioned humanity’s relationship to the Earth.


” ‘Use’ as our primary relationship with the planet must be abandoned.” —Thomas Berry

“The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our own existence.” —Thomas Berry

“While there are critical issues in providing food, shelter, and livelihood to vast numbers of peoples, those issues themselves ultimately depend on our capacity to sustain the natural world so that the natural world can sustain us. All our sciences and technologies and all our social institutions become dysfunctional if the natural life systems cease to function.” —Thomas Berry


Watch the late Thomas Berry, in conversation with cosmologist Brian Swimme: