Religion and the Order of Nature / Edition 1

Religion and the Order of Nature / Edition 1

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by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Seyyed H. Nasr
     
 

ISBN-10: 019510823X

ISBN-13: 9780195108231

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108231
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.85(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction3
1Religion and Religions9
2The Order of Nature29
3Philosophy and the Misdeeds of Philosophy80
4The Traditional Sciences, the Scientific Revolution, and Its Aftermath126
5The Tragic Consequences of Humanism in the West163
6The Rediscovery of Nature: Religion and the Environmental Crisis191
7The Wisdom of the Body235
8Religion and the Resacralization of Nature270
Index293

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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.