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Ecology and Religion By John Grim

Ecology and Religion by John Grim

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Explores the history of religious traditions and the environment, illustrating how religious teachings and practices both promoted and at times subverted sustainability. This title describes four fundamental aspects of religious life: orienting, grounding, nurturing, and transforming.

Ecology and Religion Summary

Ecology and Religion by John Grim

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 Tucker argue that today's growing environmental challenges make the relationship ever more vital. In this concise primer, they illustrate religion's role in sustaining people and the planet. The authors explore 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. They recount exemplary stories of groups and individuals who are inspired by their religion to work towards a healthy community of life.

About John Grim

John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker are Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale University, where they teach in a Master's program in religion and ecology between the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. They are founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale and Series Editors of World Religion and Ecology at Yale and Series Editors of World Religions 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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NGR9781597267083
9781597267083
1597267082
Ecology and Religion by John Grim
New
Paperback
Island Press
2014-03-03
280
N/A
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