Planet as Self: An Earthen Spirituality Paperback – 27 Jan 2012
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Nurtured by rich personal experiences of nature and much critical reading, the author develops deeply challenging reflections about our attitude to planet Earth and the web of life. He shows how our cultural worldview requires a radical paradigm shift - a new awakening and awareness that moves from an egocentric to an ecocentric consciousness and life stance. An incisive and most helpful guide for developing an Earth-centred spirituality that is integral and holistic, collaborative rather than competitive, enabling us to become partners and co-creators of Gaia. May this inspiring book find many readers, especially among the young. --(Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol)
In the tradition of Thomas Berry and Matthew Fox, Sky McCain's book Earthen Spirituality is taking us by the shoulders, giving us a rough shake, and shouting in our faces, 'The redemption of humankind lies not with right relationship with some father god in the sky, but in right relationship with our mother the Earth.' His book is an articulate and moving cry for a new and global religious reformation, a call to return to sanity that touches not only our bodies and minds, but our spirits as well. --(John R. Mabry, former editor CREATION SPIRITUALITY magazine)
About the Author
Sky McCain is a US citizen living in Devon, UK. He has a BA History from Boston College, US and MA in Values in the Environment from Lancaster University, UK
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But Sky is a realist and knows that it is not easy to change beliefs, no matter how irrational they are, and offers helpful perspectives and some practical solutions for addressing this problem. The book also covers important ground on `old science verses new', i.e.Read more ›
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But Sky is a realist and knows that it is not easy to change beliefs, no matter how irrational they are, and offers helpful perspectives and some practical solutions for addressing this problem. The book also covers important ground on `old science verses new', i.e. mechanistic science that views the workings of Earth and the cosmos as merely clockwork machines, as apposed to contemporary scientific findings and beneficial views about the Earth as a holistic living organism and the evolvement of life and the universe - to what has become known in some circles as `The New Universe Story', promoted in recent decades by influential figures such as the American scientist, Brian Swimme, and the late Thomas Berry, who referred to himself as a `geologian' and controversially suggested, as Sky quotes in his book, that the Bible might be put on the shelf for twenty years (p.64). As demonstrated by this, Sky has a good eye for a pertinent quotation - but doesn't over use them as some authors have an annoying habit of doing - such as the following by Matthew Fox (p.71):
"None of our religions have all the answers and even if we gathered the wisdom of all, that's not enough today. We have to bring in the wisdom of science and I would say yes, the wisdom of technology and even then we have to give birth to new forms of worship, to new forms of celebration, to new forms of forgiveness."
In all, this is a great book by Sky McCain and a good introduction to current and relevant key issues on eco-spirituality and what humankind needs to embrace for moving forward with both compassion and wisdom. Because of the vast amount of information Sky has miraculously managed to condense into an economy of pages, some readers - especially those new to the subject - may prefer to read and reflect upon its contents slowly in order to get the very best out it.