Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology

Overview

"Religion and ecology" has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the

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Overview

"Religion and ecology" has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse.

This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship?

The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608999897
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 735,398
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Whitney A. Bauman is Assistant Professor of Religion and Science at Florida International University in Miami. He is the author of Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics (2009) and coeditor with Richard R. Bohannon II and Kevin J. O'Brien of Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (2010). Richard R. Bohannon II teaches at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota. He is coeditor, along with Whitney A. Bauman and Kevin J. O'Brien, of Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (2010). Kevin J. O'Brien is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Pacific Lutheran University. He is the author of An Ethics of Biodiversity: Christianity, Ecology, and the Variety of Life (2010), and coeditor with Whitney A. Bauman and Richard R. Bohannon II of Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (2010).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

List of Contributors xi

1 The Tensions and Promises of Religion and Ecology's Past, Present, and Future Whitney A. Bauman Richard R. Bohannon II Kevin J. O'Brien 1

2 Nature Religion and the Problem of Authenticity Evan Berry 18

3 The Importance and Limits of Taking Science Seriously: Data and Uncertainty in Religion and Ecology Sarah E. Fredericks Kevin J. O'Brien 42

4 What Traditions Are Represented in Religion and Ecology? A Perspective from an American Scholar of Islam Eleanor Finnegan 64

5 Opening the Language of Religion and Ecology: Viable Spaces for Transformative Politics Whitney A. Bauman 80

6 Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Religion and Ecology: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, and Where We Might Go Tovis Page 102

7 Practically Natural: Religious Resources for Environmental Pragmatism Lucas F. Johnston Samuel Snyder 125

8 How Does It Feel to Be an Environmental Problem? Studying Religion and Ecology in the African Diaspora Elonda Clay 148

9 Saving the World (and the People in It, Too): Religion in Eco-Justice and Environmental Justice Richard R. Bohannon II Kevin J. O'Brien 171

10 Religion and Ecology on the Ground: "Practice" and "Place" as Key Concepts Brian G. Campbell 188

11 Religion and the Urban Environment Richard R. Bohannon II 211

12 The Buzzing, Breathing, Clicking, Clacking, Biting, Stinging, Chirping, Howling Landscape of Religious Studies Gavin Van Horn 230

Conclusion: The Territory Ahead Whitney A. Bauman Richard R. Bohannon II Kevin J. O'Brien 251

Index 261

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