Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology

Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology

by Whitney A. Bauman
     
 

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"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.

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"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608999897
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Pages:
278
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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