Spirit of the Environment: Religion, Value, and Environmental Concern

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David Edward Cooper, Joy Palmer
Taylor & Francis, 1998 - Science - 204 pages
Spirit of the Environment brings spiritual and religious concerns to environmental issues. Providing a much needed alternative to exploring human beings' relationship to the natural world through the restrictive lenses of 'science', 'ecology', or even 'morality', this book offers a fresh perspective to the field.
Spirit of the Enironment addresses:
* the environmental attitudes of the major religions;
* the relationship between art and nature;
* the Gaia hypothesis;
* the non-instrumental values which have inspired environmental concern.
Contributors range from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, comparative religion, education and social anthropology, providing students with an intriguing survey on the role that spirituality and religion play in nature.
This is a vital collection for those eager to examine the relationship between the spiritual and the environment.
 

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Contents

Indian religious traditions
1
Chinese religion and ecology
15
Religion and nature the Abrahamic faiths concepts of creation
30
Pantheism
42
The real the one and the many in ecological thought
57
The recovery of wisdom Gala theory and environmental policy
73
Nature and the environment in indigenous and traditional cultures
86
Aestheticism and environmentalism
100
The Romantics view of nature
113
Philosophy and the environmental movement
131
Spiritual ideas environmental concerns and educational practice
146
Spirit of middle earth practical thinking for an instrumental age
168
References
182
Index
191
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