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Overview

Water—although it covers more than two-thirds of the earth's surface, clean, potable water is in critically short supply. As more and more people globally show greater interest in what their religious traditions say about our natural world, Troubled Waters: Religion, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis examines the central role of water in various traditions and rituals, arriving at creative new ways to approach the growing water crisis worldwide. Chamberlain outlines many of the current water problems and lays out clear principles for action that engaged citizens from various traditions can undertake to meet the growing water challenges through conservation and water management policies. The book describes many religious practices from around the world that help sustain and restore water by using new technologies and reviving old ones. Offering creative suggestions for both personal practices and group action, Chamberlain advocates conservation, preservation, and restoration of our troubled waters.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal Of Peace & Justice Studies
In Troubled Waters , he exposes the problems surrounding water pollution, misuse, and scarcity that pose challenges no less pressing than those associated with global warming, and that are indeed no less difficult to resolve.
— Christian Diehm, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Russell Butkus
Gary Chamberlain’s information and analysis is unique and will make an important contribution to the primacy of water in religious traditions and the ethical requirements for a just and adequate distribution.
Celeste Rossmiller
Gary Chamberlain presents an interdisciplinary tour de force through the rising tide of water issues affecting all areas of life and global society. Written to effect major changes in how humans view, value, and treat this life-giving source, the book combines scholarship on world religions, history, hydrology, cosmology, social science, politics, and ethics in the service of water's restoration and democratic distribution. Like the water on which he creatively focuses, the book is an invaluable resource on many fronts.
David McCloskey
Troubled Waters is a useful survey of different religious traditions' perspectives on the meaning and use of water. Gary Chamberlain makes an important contribution from a religious perspective to developing a new water ethos.
Peter J. Henriot
After reading Chamberlain's book I'm not going to look at my early morning glass of water without more profound reverence and thanksgiving. This book demonstrates clearly that cultural and religious dimensions rather than economic and technocratic perspectives must shape any future realistic management of our earth's precious water resources if we are to survive.
Michael S. Northcott
Given the present threats to fresh water from anthropogenic climate change, Chamberlain's book is timely.
Trileigh Tucker
Grounded in both thorough scientific knowledge and a profound caring for nature and people, the breadth of Gary Chamberlain's approaches to the question of water is breathtaking. Even more remarkable is his success in weaving all of these diverse perspectives—religion, history, science, culture, ethics and justice—into a coherent, compelling story that both inspires and calls us to action. In this critical time, we are in such need of engaging works like this that unite rather than divide the disciplines as we work to save ourselves, our fellow creatures, and the living, essential waters that we share.
Journal Of Peace & Justice Studies - Christian Diehm
In Troubled Waters , he exposes the problems surrounding water pollution, misuse, and scarcity that pose challenges no less pressing than those associated with global warming, and that are indeed no less difficult to resolve.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742552456
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Chamberlain teaches in both the environmental studies and religious studies departments at Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Water in Indigenous and Asian Traditions Chapter 2 Water in Abrahamic, Western Traditions Chapter 3 Water: a Biography Chapter 4 Water and the Human Cycle Chapter 5 A Tenuous Relationship: Human Need and Water Resources Chapter 6 Water Management: Privatization, Problems, and Resistance Chapter 7 Rights to Water and a New Water Ethic Chapter 8 "I Like Fountain Flow": Religion Revisited Chapter 9 Where Do We Go from Here?
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