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Mike Bell

Thomas Berry, in his Foreward to Ann Marie Dalton’s book A Theology For the Earth, noted that he was not a theologian and “my intent has been simply to present and to leave to the reader to respond out of whatever background the reader might have. This transformation from his ideas to our situations was what he meant by a functional cosmology—telling the Great Story in our different contexts.

This curriculum for teachers is, I think, the best example of a functional cosmology I’ve ever seen. Most of us simply repeat what Thomas said in different language. We fail to make the transition from one context to another context—in this case the classroom context and the minds of students. Further, this project, to use the old term,”has legs.” Training the teacher ensures that this fundamental knowledge will be passed on to succeeding classes of students.

Thanks for organizing this. Great Work