The Sacred Universe
Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-first Century
Thomas Berry
Columbia University Press, $22.95, 200 pp.

Stories help us survive. They offer resonance, motivation, and sometimes redemption. Thomas Berry, the late Passionist priest and cultural historian who died in June at the age of ninety-four, believed that no story was more important to our universal human heritage than the “universe story,” which, he said, “is now needed as our sacred story.”

Berry’s philosophical reflections on human life and culture were oriented by the conviction that “the universe itself is the comprehensive...

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About the Author

Christiana Z. Peppard is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Yale University and scholar in residence at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.