Religion and the Order of Nature / Edition 1

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The current ecological crisis is a matter of urgent global concern, with solutions being sought on many fronts. In this book, Seyyed Hossein Nasr argues that the devastation of our world has been exacerbated, if not actually caused, by the reductionist view of nature that has been advanced by modern secular science. What is needed, he believes, is the recovery of the truth to which the great enduring religions attest, namely, that nature is sacred.
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"The most comprehensive and intelligent treatment of its topic that has been written....Nasr is one of the major intellects of our day."--Huston Smith, University of California, Berkeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195108231
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islam Studies at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Religion and Religions 9
2 The Order of Nature 29
3 Philosophy and the Misdeeds of Philosophy 80
4 The Traditional Sciences, the Scientific Revolution, and Its Aftermath 126
5 The Tragic Consequences of Humanism in the West 163
6 The Rediscovery of Nature: Religion and the Environmental Crisis 191
7 The Wisdom of the Body 235
8 Religion and the Resacralization of Nature 270
Index 293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Wonderful, profound and sad

    Professor Nasr, has written a wonderful tome on the religious signifigance of nature, it sacredness and our responsibility to nature and to the Divine. In it he dispels many of the anti nature notions that have come to be equated with religion(usually the acosmic sometime Manichean bent of some Protestant denominations). He traces the history of how nature had become profaned and desacralized here in the west and how Christianity turned it's back on nature over the centuries. He covers Hindu, Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, Shinton, Islamic, Shamanistic and Christian (Orthodox and Catholic) viewpoints of nature. it's done well and in detail. It's important in that it helps you understand the universality of nature and it's religous import. Prof. Nasr also deals with those new religous alternatives like those of Matthew Fox, sally Mcfague and de chardin. He explores their proposals and shows their metaphysical mistakes in formulation of a new theology. Prof. Nasr also includes a bit of his poetry - he's good at it too. He really does care about what he's writing about and it shows with a thoroughness that few writers can match. Also unlike many professors he's writes quite well and is a easy but thorough read. It should appeal to any religous person who is curious about our present day enviromental devastation and how it came about. It is well footnoted with plenty of references for your own research. Prof Nasr does his homework! It is sad in the sense it took an outsider so to speak - a brillant Muslim scholar who has been writing about this subject since 1967 with "Man and Nature". While mainstream Christianity has seemingly forgotten it's own theological and spritual roots and still cannot formulate a valid respone to the rape of nature(vestiga dei). Buy it, you won't be sorry.

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