The Greening of Faith: God, the Environment, and the Good Life

The Greening of Faith: God, the Environment, and the Good Life

by John E. Carroll
     
 

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No one argues that continuing depredation of our environment threatens our planet and our existence on it, but conflict arises in finding a solution to the problem. Suggesting that the panacea offered by science and technology is too narrow, 15 philosophers, theologians, and environmentalists argue for a response to ecology that recognizes the tools of science but… See more details below

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No one argues that continuing depredation of our environment threatens our planet and our existence on it, but conflict arises in finding a solution to the problem. Suggesting that the panacea offered by science and technology is too narrow, 15 philosophers, theologians, and environmentalists argue for a response to ecology that recognizes the tools of science but includes a more spiritual approach-one with a more humanistic, holistic view based on inherent reverence toward the natural world. Writers whose orientations range from Buddhism to evangelical Christianity to Catholicism to Native American beliefs explore ways to achieve this paradigm shift and suggest that "the environment is not only a spiritual issue, but the spiritual issue of our time."

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"We have forgotten who we are/ We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding cosmos," begins a statement in this interdisciplinary, interfaith anthology. Collected essays demonstrate the importance of gaining a religious perspective on the ecological crisis now facing the world. Only this, says the environmental writer Bill McKibben in his foreword, provides an alternative to the "growthism" ethic of unchecked commercial expansion. The contributorswho include Jewish (Rabbi Everett Gendler), Christian (Calvin B. DeWitt), Buddhist (Stephanie Kaza), Native American (Twobears), and ecofeminist (Catherine Keller) North Americansbelie the image of organized religion as urging humankind to subdue and dominate the earth. Instead, they join their diverse voices to expound a common belief in the need to honor and care for the earth. Cry of the Environment: Rebuilding the Christian Creation Tradition (Bear & Co., 1984) comes immediately to mind as a comparable work. This book provides the informed lay reader with an array of viewpoints of religious and spiritual insights into current environmental problems.John R. Leech, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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ISBN-13:
9780874517774
Publisher:
University of New Hampshire Press
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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