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Gottlieb deftly analyzes the growing synthesis of the movement's religious, social, and political aspects, as well as the challenges it faces in consumerism, fundamentalism, and globalization. Highly engaging and passionately argued, this book is an indispensable resource for people of faith, environmentalists, scholars, and anyone who is concerned about our planet's future.
|Introduction : religion and the human meaning of environmental crisis||3|
|Ch. 1||Religion, nature, environment||19|
|Ch. 2||Religious environmentalism and secular society||57|
|Ch. 3||Sustainable religion||81|
|Ch. 4||Religious environmentalism in action||111|
|Ch. 5||Environmentalism as spirituality||147|
|Ch. 6||Opening the heart : the ritual life of religious environmentalism||173|
|Ch. 7||Five faces of religious environmentalism||193|
|Ch. 8||Obstacles, prospects, hope||215|
Posted July 6, 2006
I just had no idea about the scope of religious environmentalism and what a hopeful sign it is. Gottlieb does a great job of describing the movement's ideas, and what is being done by people around the world. Unlilke most books by academics, this one is written to be understood by a normally intelligent person, not a scholar. At times the book is really inspiring. Gottlieb puts forth a visionary account of how linking nature to God and spirituality can lead to fundamental social changes and to changes in how we think about ourelves. I also very much enjoyed the chapter on new 'green' rituals and his description of how much spirituality there is and has always been in the the 'secular' environmental movement. Great book for environmentalists and for people who think religion has something to do with caring for life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.