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A Dissertation Submitted to the Faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies. Religious and spiritual leadership, aligned with the cosmos-building processes of the universe, can be a key element in the human community becoming a vibrant part of the whole Earth community. This dissertation builds on the works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (2003), Thomas Berry (1988, 1999), and Brian Swimme (Swimme & Berry, 1992) that suggest human alignment with the cosmos-building (cosmogenetic) principles of identity, differentiation, and communion is crucial for the next stage in the development of the human. It examines our ecological, social, and spiritual crises in light of these principles, and describes how the principles are revealed in the natural world. It focuses on the role of religious leaders as carriers of this message, guiding the human community to a cosmology which integrates these principles.  It proposes that religious vows influenced by cosmogenesis would demonstrate the relationships the human community needs to embody in order to become a vibrant part of the whole Earth community.
  • Creators: Toni Nash, CSJ
  • Used by people who call the work: Journey of the Universe, New Cosmology
  • Applies a deep time evolutionary perspective to: Ecology/Sustainability, Religion/Spirituality
  • Learning Stages: Adult Education, Higher Education, Lifelong, Secondary 9 - 12
  • Types: Document
  • Keywords: cosmology, cosmogenesis, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Brian Swimme, cosmos building principles
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  • Copyright Holders: Toni Nash, CSJ
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  • Date Added: September 19, 2017

7 responses to “Cosmological Commitment in a Time of Planetary Crisis: Values for a Vibrant Earth”

  1. Hi Toni!
    I can hardly wait to read your dissertation. The table of contents alone is riveting and alluring!
    We plan to get it printed…..unless you have copies ‘published’ that we could order.

    Jennifer is so right…..all of our shared Great Work is ‘mutually enhancing’…..supportive…..informative….inspiring!
    Mine/ours is here:, and on the DTJN site in various forms.

    Thank you for posting and sharing!

  2. Toni, your dissertation is great news for Mother Earth and all life within it! I really rejoice! Like Sam, I haven’t read it yet, but am drooling to get time to read it. Skimming was tantalizing! So proud of you. Hope it’s published soon. Congratulations and hugs!

  3. Toni – This is an amazing piece of work and I am sure representative of an amazing amount of time and energy! Thank you so much for doing this, and especially for sharing it on DTJN! It is truly inspiring in so many ways – I keep coming back to it. I hope many will take the time to delve into this, it is truly a beautiful read! THANK YOU! – Gwen

  4. Dear Sam, Terri, and Gwen,
    Thank you for your enthusiastic reception. I have been worried that it would be too dry and academic for real people to read. Your comments give me hope.

    A number of people have asked if the dissertation exists in another format, more friendly to copying. Actually no, not yet. If you are interested, I am thinking of re-formatting it into a magazine format – two columns, single spaced. Would that be better?

  5. Hi Toni,

    I just found out about your dissertation through the DTJN newsletter and I’m thrilled that it’s done! I can’t wait to read it. We had so many discussions about the new cosmology at CIIS and late at night at Esalen, and I’m glad to see your work emerging as such a wonderful offering to the world!

    Stephan Martin ([email protected])

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