Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future / Edition 1

Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future / Edition 1

by Bron Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520261003

ISBN-13: 9780520261006

Pub. Date: 11/03/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

"In this work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have in many cases replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups - radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology," and groups

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"In this work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have in many cases replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups - radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology," and groups that hold scientific narratives as sacred - Taylor addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews?" The "dark" of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling readers to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520261006
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,161,021
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introducing Religion and Dark Green Religion 1

2 Dark Green Religion 13

3 Dark Green Religion in North America 42

4 Radical Environmentalism 71

5 Surfing Spirituality 103

6 Globalization with Predators and Moving Pictures 127

7 Globalization in Arts, Sciences, and Letters 155

8 Terrapolitan Earth Religion 180

9 Conclusion: Dark Green Religion and the Planetary Future 200

Afterword on Terminology 223

Acknowledgments 225

Appendix Excerpts with Commentary on the Writings of Henry David Thoreau 227

Notes 249

Bibliography 299

Index 323

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