A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth

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Crossroad Publishing Company, 1999 - Religion - 195 pages
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This personal and powerful book speaks to anyone who has ever wondered how to be happy when there is so much suffering in the world -- anyone who seeks a peaceful heart in a dark time.

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PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR CHANGES WE CAN ALL MAKE TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD
A spirituality of resistance, while recognizing the importance of working on ourselves, also directs us toward outer
examination, outer transformation, and the pursuit of justice in the world...."To find a peaceful heart, I will suggest, we need to live on this earth: fully conscious of what is happening on it, actively resisting that which we know to be evil or destructively ignorant." (p. 13) Gottlieb draws comparisons between the Holocaust and ecological destruction and warns that a psychic dependence on our work can contribute to this ecocide. This book is an excellent call to face up to the responsibility we all have in finding that which helps protect the earth, and being aware of our own misgivings and ignorance. A great read with easy to follow suggestions and articulate observations. 

Contents

A Beginning
9
Spirituality Avoidance and Denial
33
Working Ourselves to Death
59
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About the author (1999)

Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A contributing editor to Tikkun and a prolific author, his most recent books include A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology, and A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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