John Dear’s new book, “They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change,” is a reflection on the connection between nonviolence and climate change, based on the third beatitude. On the 50 city tour John will speak about the book, and also Campaign Nonviolence.
They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change
A new book by Rev. John Dear,
Feb. 1, 2018 by Orbis Books
In this landmark work, author, activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation, and shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. He cites Jesus’ third Beatitude as the basis for his meditation: “Blessed are the meek, they will inherit the earth.” Thomas Merton said “meekness” was the biblical word for “nonviolence” (in the Gandhi/King sense), so Dear reflects how Jesus connected nonviolence with oneness with creation, how he practiced nonviolence and lived at one with creation, and how we need to do the same.
In this time of terrifying climate chaos, John Dear shares his own personal journey from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the high desert of New Mexico where he now lives off the grid on a remote mesa. He shares his experience serving as a pastor in the mission church at Yosemite; encounters with New Mexican indigenous women who live at one with the earth while resisting nuclear weapons production at Los Alamos; his experience at Standing Rock in North Dakota, resisting the pipeline; reflections on the work of environmental leader Bill McKibben and Pope Francis’ monumental encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si; and ends with suggested steps forward into conscious, mindful solidarity with all creatures and Mother Earth through active, steadfast nonviolence, what he calls, “eschatological nonviolence,” walking the earth in the footsteps of the nonviolent Jesus into the Kingdom of God.
Advance Praise for “They Will Inherit the Earth”
“If you want to know what Laudato Si! and the Sermon on the Mount look like up close and personal, as a life of consistent nonviolence, John Dear is your guide and They Will Inherit the Earth your text. I strongly recommend it.”
— Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
“This is a remarkable testimony summing up a remarkable life: nonviolence is our greatest tool, and here you see it wielded with kindness, firmness, and skill.”
— Bill McKibben, author of “EAARTH: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet,” and founder of 350.org
“With his message and his lived example, John Dear demonstrates how we can maintain our humanity as we grapple with the greatest crisis facing our civilization.”
— Tim DeChristopher, climate activist, co-founder of peacefuluprising.org
“John Dear is an extraordinarily lucid writer on peace and nonviolence. If we are to save this world from destruction, we need to wake up and start building peace and nonviolence.”
— Arun Gandhi, author, activist, and lecturer on Gandhian nonviolence
“In these heartfelt essays, John Dear navigates our most challenging environmental issues with simple decency, purposeful compassion, and an unswerving commitment to justice.”
— Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club
“Calling us to practice ‘eschatological nonviolence’ in our relationships with a threatened planet They Will Inherit the Earth creates a new frame for the ecological challenges of the 21st century and makes a significant contribution to a deeper understanding of Gospel nonviolence. In Laudato Si, Pope Francis insists that the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us. John Dear helps us think about that challenge in a new way. This is an important book to read and ponder, but even more, to live.
— Marie Dennis, co-President, Pax Christi International
“In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi’s audacious visions of nonviolence, Father John Dear’s powerful new book is a lyrical invocation that will help transform our conflict-riven world through acts of compassion and pilgrimages of peacemaking. They Shall Inherit the Earth is that rare work that combines the author’s own remarkable life of fearless life as a peace pilgrim with a transcultural portrait of individuals around the globe who are actively trying to ward off ecological and political calamity by promoting unity over conflict, and compassion over revenge. This brave new book is a numinous guide to a brave new — and peaceful — world.”
— Phil Cousineau, author of The Art of Pilgrimage and Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement
Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and is the author of 35 books including Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus Come Forth!; Living Peace; The Nonviolent Life; and The Beatitudes of Peace. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with CampaignNonviolence.org and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative and lives in New Mexico. www.johndear.org