This collection of essays is an expansion of a paper I presented in October, 2004 to a
group of Unitarian Universalist ministers. That paper, “Learning from the Cosmos: Thoughts on
Religion, Science, and Evolutionary Spirituality,” was, in turn, part of an on-going effort to
clarify my thinking about the intersection of science and religion through the work of cultural
historian Thomas Berry and psychiatrist Murray Bowen. Both these men are systems thinkers:
Berry in terms of the Universe and Bowen in terms of human emotional functioning.
Significantly, both place human beings in the larger web of natural systems that have evolved
here on Earth.