Ecology and Religion

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Island Press, Jan 2, 2014 - Religion - 280 pages
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From the Psalms in the Bible to the sacred rivers in Hinduism, the natural world has been integral to the world's religions. John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker contend that today's growing environmental challenges make the relationship ever more vital.

This primer explores the history of religious traditions and the environment, illustrating how religious teachings and practices both promoted and at times subverted sustainability. Subsequent chapters examine the emergence of religious ecology, as views of nature changed in religious traditions and the ecological sciences. Yet the authors argue that religion and ecology are not the province of institutions or disciplines alone. They describe four fundamental aspects of religious life: orienting, grounding, nurturing, and transforming. Readers then see how these phenomena are experienced in a Native American religion, Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism.

Ultimately, Grim and Tucker argue that the engagement of religious communities is necessary if humanity is to sustain itself and the planet. Students of environmental ethics, theology and ecology, world religions, and environmental studies will receive a solid grounding in the burgeoning field of religious ecology.
 

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Contents

Introduction Our Journey into Religion and Ecology
1
Limiting and Liberating
13
Orienting Grounding Nurturing Transforming
29
3 Religious Ecology and Views of Nature in the West
43
4 Ecology Conservation and Ethics
62
5 Emergence of the Field of Religion and Ecology
85
6 Christianity as Orienting to the Cosmos
96
7 Confucianism as Grounding in Community
109
Glossary
177
Common Declaration of Pope John Paul II and the Ecumenical Patriarch His Holiness Bartholomew I
185
Influence of Traditional Chinese Wisdom of Eco Care on Westerners
189
Selections from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 2007
191
Save the Fraser Declaration
195
Yamuna River Declaration Resulting from the Workshop Yamuna River A Confluence of Waters a Crisis of Need
197
The Earth Charter 2000
200
Online Resources for Religious Ecology
208

8 Indigenous Traditions and the Nurturing Powers of Nature
126
9 Hinduism and the Transforming Affect of Devotion
140
Toward a Global Ethics
154
Creating Ecological Cultures
165
Questions for Discussion
171
Notes
211
Bibliography
247
Index
259
Board of Directors
266
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John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker are Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale University. They are founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale and series editors of Religions of the World and Ecology from the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions. They won an Emmy for their film Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme.

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