This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment / Edition 2

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Updated with nearly forty new selections to reflect the tremendous growth and transformation of scholarly, theological, and activist religious environmentalism, the second edition of This Sacred Earth is an unparalleled resource for the study of religion's complex relationship to the environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415943598
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/7/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institiute and is widely recognized for his work in environmentalism. He has a regular column in Tikkun, and has published in popular venues such as the Sunday Boston Globe and Orion Afield. He has written and edited books on Marxism, Religion and Environmentalism.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Religion in an Age of Environmental Crisis 1
Introduction to the Second Edition: Good News/Bad News 16
Pt. I The Moment of Seeing Selections from Nature Writers Linking Nature and Spirit 21
from the Haibun 24
"On the Lure of the Country" 26
from "Walking" 29
"Nature" 32
from Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf 34
from A Sand County Almanac 36
"Nature" 39
"Seeing the Light" 43
"The Kill Hole" 46
Pt. II How Have Traditional Religions Viewed Nature? 51
"The Creation" 56
"Death and Rebirth of the Universe" (Hindu) 61
"The Parade of Ants" (Hindu) 62
"The Five Suns" (Aztec) 65
"Persephone" (Greek) 66
from Forests: The Shadow of Civilization 69
from the Tao Te Ching 73
Selections 77
Selections 90
"Jews, Jewish Texts, and Nature: A Brief History" 92
from Legends of the Bible 110
from "In and of the World: Christian Theological Anthropology and Environmental Ethics" 113
"Traditional Native Hawaiian Environmental Philosophy" 124
"Early Buddhist Views on Nature" 130
"Illuminating Darkness: The Monk-Cave-Bat-Ecosystem Complex in Thailand" 134
"Satyagraha for Conservation: Awakening the Spirit of Hinduism" 145
"Islamic Environmental Ethics, Law, and Society" 158
"Central African Voices on the Human - Environmental Relationship" 168
"An Aboriginal Perspective on the Integrity of Creation" 175
"Biodiversity and Tradition in Malaysia" 180
"Learning to Connect Spirit, Mind, Body, and Heart to the Environment: A Healer's Perspective" 186
Pt. III Ecotheology in an Age of Environmental Crisis Transforming Tradition 189
"The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis" 192
"The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility" 202
"Creation and the Covenant of Caring" 210
"Basis for Our Caring" 215
"Evangelical Declaration on the Environment" 223
"Address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew" 227
"Christianity and Ecology" 232
"Protestant Theology and Deep Ecology" 248
"The Scope of the Body: The Cosmic Christ" 262
"What is Eco-Kosher?" 273
"African-American Resources for a More Inclusive Liberation Theology" 277
"An Islamic Response to the Manifest Ecological Crisis: Issues of Justice" 285
"Hinduism and Deep Ecology" 300
"Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality" 316
"To Save All Beings: Buddhist Environmental Activism" 330
"Somebody, Not Something: Do Animals Have Souls?" 351
"The Theological Basis of Animal Rights" 355
"No Place to Hide: Spirituality, Avoidance, and Denial" 361
Pt. IV Ecotheology in an Age of Environmental Crisis: Ecofeminist Spirituality 383
"Ecofeminism: Symbolic and Social Connections of the Oppression of Women and the Domination of Nature" 388
"The Trinity and Human Experience: An Ecofeminist Approach" 400
"Ecology Is a Sistah's Issue Too: The Politics of Emergent Afrocentric Ecowomanism" 412
"Something or Nothing: An Eco-Womanist Essay on God, Creation, and Indispensability" 428
"Sensuous Minds and the Possibilities of a Jewish Ecofeminist Practice" 438
"Messages from the Past: The World of the Goddess" 449
"The Rainbow Bridge" 462
"The Chipko Women's Concept of Freedom" 466
Pt. V Ecotheology in an Age of Environmental Crisis: Spiritual Deep Ecology 471
"The Fawn" 475
"The Ecology of Magic" 476
"Into the Future" 492
"Faith, Power, and Ecology" 497
from The Others: How Animals Made us Human 505
Pt. VI Religious Practice for a Sacred Earth 509
"Dance to Heal the Earth" 513
"Earth Gathas" 515
"Blessings and Praise" and "Bal Tashchit" 517
"Wiwanyag Wachipi: The Sun Dance" 536
"Worship Resources, Earth Day Sunday" 546
"Invocation" 550
"Gaia Meditations" 552
"Evolutionary Remembering" 554
"The Blessing of the Water" 558
Pt. VII Ecology, Religion, and Society 563
"Saving the World: Religion and Politics in the Environmental Movement" 568
"Environmental Justice, Neopreservationism, and Sustainable Spirituality" 596
"Reinhabiting Religion: Green Sisters, Ecological Renewal, and the Biogeography of Religious Landscape" 613
"Interview with Cesar Chavez" 634
"Redwood Rabbis" 644
"Of Telescopes, Squirrels, and Prayers: The Mt. Graham Controversy" 647
"Mhondoro: Spirit Lions and Sacred Forests" 651
"Seeking Eco-Justice in the South African Context" 661
"On Sustainability" 681
"Globalization and the Perennial Question of Justice" 688
"Sacred Rivers, Sacred Dams: Competing Visions of Social Justice and Sustainable Development along the Narmada" 695
"Statements by United Church of Christ on Environmental Racism in St. Louis" 712
"Race, Sacrifice, and Native Lands" 716
"The Cochabamba Declaration on Water: Globalization, Privatization, and the Search for Alternatives" 721
"Street Trees" 723
"Statement on Global Warming and Climate Change by North Carolina's Religious and Spiritual Leaders" 727
"Principles of Environmental Justice" 729
"Statement by Religious Leaders at the Summit on Environment" 731
"Declaration of the 'Mission to Washington'" 735
"Catholic Social Teaching and Environmental Ethics" 738
Suggestions for Further Reading 745
Websites on Religion and the Environment 753
Environmental Organizations 754
About the Contributors 756
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