Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, originally published in 2005, is a landmark work in the burgeoning field of religion and nature. It covers a vast and interdisciplinary range of material, from thinkers to religious traditions and beyond, with clarity and style. Widely praised by reviewers and the recipient of two reference work awards since its publication (see www.religionandnature.com/ern), this new, more affordable version is a must-have book for anyone interested in the manifold and fascinating links between religion and nature, in all their many senses.

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The study of religion and the environment has been variously referred to as ecotheology, cultural ecology, ecological anthropology, or religious environmentalism. Call it what you will, this interdisciplinary field now has an outstanding encyclopedia that impressively reflects the breadth and depth of its global subject matter. Chief editor Taylor (religion & nature, Univ. of Florida) has assembled 518 international and multicultural contributors to produce more than 1000 entries that range widely and thoughtfully over the intersection of human cultures, spiritual beliefs, and ecological concerns. The great majority of entries are scholarly, peer-reviewed pieces, often written by highly distinguished leaders in the field, that cover people, places, and organizations as well as concepts. A significantly smaller number are identified as Scholarly Perspective or Practitioner entries. In Scholarly Perspective entries, prominent writers offer personal reflections on diverse topics (e.g., "Abortion," "The Sacred and the Modern World"); Practitioner entries are reflections by people actively engaged in a particular ecospiritual activity ("Depth Ecology," "What Would Jesus Drive?"). Together, these types of entries give this work a sense of intimacy and nuance important in a field with both scholarly and personal dimensions. Extensive cross-referencing allows the reader to pursue particular threads in great depth. Bottom Line On the study of ecotheology, other existing encyclopedias of religion or ecology cannot substitute for this excellent title, the first of its kind. It will no doubt remain an essential reference source on the subject for many years to come. Highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries.-Nadine Cohen-Baker, Student Learning Ctr., Univ. of Georgia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847062734
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 992
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Bron Taylor is President of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Since his appointment as the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Professor at the University of Florida in 2002, he has helped develop the world's first graduate program focusing on Religion and Nature. His projects and research are featured at www.religionandnature.com and www.brontaylor.com.

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Table of Contents

Two volumes of A-Z entries.

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    Posted January 28, 2010

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    Fascinating introduction to the religious aspects of nature-human relations

    Highly accessible and innovative volume; well priced in paperback, given all that it contains. Superbly cross-refererenced, which provides many unexpected detours and surprises. Its taken a couple of years to for me to plum its riches. Excellent articles, as well, for classroom use, from high school on up.

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