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Towards a New Consciousness

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 February 2013

Mark Tully explores how a new way of thinking about spirituality might change our attitude to the environment. By looking at modern and historical ideas about the relationship between the cosmos and God, he encounters an emerging theology which brings science and religion together, and claims to make possible a new level of consciousness.

He discovers how this ecological spirituality might have profound ethical implications for us as we struggle to develop ways of protecting our planet. The programme also considers how this green theology might reconcile both the sacred and scientific stories of evolution.

Drawing from a diverse selection of music, from Gustav Holst to Joni Mitchell, and readings from Margaret Atwood and the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo, Mark Tully describes the development of a theology and philosophy that hopes to meet the challenges posed by the crisis our natural world faces.

Producer: Adam Fowler
A Unique production BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

5 items
  • Image for Michael Brook

    Michael Brook Science

    Performer: Michael Brook

    An Inconvenient Truth, High Wire, CST 8112.2

  • Image for Joni Mitchell

    Joni Mitchell Woodstock

    Performer: Joni Mitchell

    Hits, Reprise, 9362463262

  • Image for Edmund Rubbra

    Edmund Rubbra Rubbra: Symphony #8, Op.132, "Hommage A Teilhard De Chardin"

    Performer: Philarmonia Orchestra, Norman Del Mar

    Symphony #6 & 8, Soliloquy For Cello & Orchestra, Lyrita, SRCD .234

  • Image for Gustav Holst

    Gustav Holst Hymn of the Travellers

    Performer: Netherlands Chamber Choir

    English Choral Music, Globe, GLO 5170

  • Image for Arthur Bliss

    Arthur Bliss The World is Charged With the Grandeur of God

    Performer: The Finzi Singers directed by Paul Spicer, Andrew Lumsden (organ)

    Bliss: Choral Works, Chandos, CHAN 8980

  • Readings

    Title: ‘Time Capsule Found On The Dead Planet’ from In Other Worlds
    Author: Margaret Atwood
    Publisher: Virago
    ISBN-10: 1844087557

    Title: The Lives of Sri Aurobindo
    Author: Peter Hees
    Publisher: Columbia University Press
    ISBN-10: 0231140983

    Title: Prayer From The Brink
    Author: M Farrow
    Publisher: Pelican

    Title: Catching the Power of the Wind in Evening Thoughts
    Author: Thomas Berry
    Publisher: Sierra Club Books
    ISBN-10: 1578051304


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