Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred Ground

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Parallels and contrasts values from world religions and those proposed by the environmental perspective of deep ecology.
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“Barnhill and Gottlieb excel at assembling disparate voices from a variety of world traditions, from Hinduism and Confucianism to Christian ecofeminism and New Age spirituality, and they present their concerns in a straightforward manner … a satisfying discussion that showcases the complexities of thoughtful human engagement with our natural environment.” — Library Journal
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Deep ecology, a valuation of the ecosystem or the whole system of life that does not necessarily involve a god, serves as the focal point of the 13 religious essays featured in this collection. As the editors point out, deep ecology suggests a moral, political, and spiritual stance that challenges religions to respond, out of their specific traditions, to the complex phenomenon of environmental philosophy, religious cosmology, and public policy. Barnhill (intercultural and religious studies, Guilford Coll.) and Gottlieb (philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Inst.) excel at assembling disparate voices from a variety of world traditions, from Hinduism and Confucianism to Christian ecofeminism and New Age spirituality, and they present their concerns in a straightforward manner. Some contributors struggle openly with deep ecology's issues, some find harmony, and others embrace ecocentrism over religion, hoping to locate a sense of the divine in the process. Overall, this is a satisfying discussion that showcases the complexities of thoughtful human engagement with our natural environment. Sandra Collins, Duquesne Univ. Lib., PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Developing from a session on deep ecology and world religions at the 1997 national meeting of the American Academy of Religion, this volume presents 12 contributions by professors of philosophy, justice studies, religion, theology, East Asian studies, and other fields. Contributions discuss deep ecology and its relationship to indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Huayan Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, ecofeminism, the bible, and Ken Wilber's critique of ecological spirituality. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791448847
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: Suny Series, Radical Social and Political Theory Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 1,002,742
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

David Landis Barnhill is Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Associate Professor of Intercultural and Religious Studies at Guilford College. He is the author of At Home on the Earth: Becoming Native to Our Place: A Multicultural Anthology.

Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His most recent book is A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth.

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Table of Contents


David Landis Barnhill and Roger S. Gottlieb

1 Spiritual Deep Ecology and World Religions: A Shared Fate, a Shared Task
Roger S. Gottlieb

2 Indigenous Traditions and Deep Ecology
John A. Grim

3 Hinduism and Deep Ecology
Christopher Key Chapple

4 Relational Holism: Huayan Buddhism and Deep Ecology
David Landis Barnhill

5 Chinese Religion, “Daoism,” and Deep Ecology
Jordan Paper

6 Confucianism and Deep Ecology
Mary Evelyn Tucker

7 Faith, God, and Nature: Judaism and Deep Ecology
Eric Katz

8 Catholicism and Deep Ecology
John E. Carroll

9 Islam and Deep Ecology
Nawal Ammar

10 Protestant Theology and Deep Ecology
John B. Cobb Jr.

11 Deep Ecology, Ecofeminism, and the Bible
Rosemary Radford Ruether

12 Ken Wilber's Critique of Ecological Spirituality
Michael E. Zimmerman


List of Contributors


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