KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Reprinted from Knox Co. Public Library release) -- Knox County Public Library’s Brown Bag Green Book series continues as Rabbi Beth Schwartz from Temple Beth-el discusses The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Berry at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, in the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street.
“Thomas Berry showed great insight into the sanctity of the universe, long before our current interest in the environment,” Schwartz observes. “He saw that modern people find it hard to relate to that holiness, and he sees the problems from both rational science and contemporary religious institutions. Berry eloquently discusses what we need to do to reconnect with a sacredness that is larger than ourselves.”
A leading scholar, cultural historian, and Catholic priest who spent more than fifty years writing about our engagement with the Earth, Berry possessed prophetic insight into the rampant destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of species. In this book he makes a persuasive case for an interreligious dialogue that can better confront the environmental problems of the twenty-first century.
The series will continue on August 24 when Dr. Marcy Souza from UT’s School of Veterinarian Medicine discusses Forbidden Creatures: Inside the World of Animal Smuggling and Exotic Pets by Peter Laufer.