Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase

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What is humankind in relation to 13 billion years of universe history? What is our place in the framework of 4.6 billion years of Earth history? How can we foster the stability and integrity of life processes? Just as humankind is beginning to comprehend the vastness and complexity of the evolutionary story of the universe, we are also becoming conscious of the growing environmental crisis and of the rapid destruction of species and habitat taking place around the globe. The challenge for the world's religions, argues Mary Evelyn Tucker, is both to re-envision our role as citizens of the universe and to reinvent our niche as members of the Earth community.
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Table of Contents

The Second Hsuan Hua Memorial Lecture
A Brief Portrait of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Acknowledgments
Worldly Wonder 1
The Cosmological Context: Evolution and Extinction 3
The Historical Context: Change and Continuity 12
The Religious Context: Problems and Promise 18
Pluralistic Perspectives: Multireligious and Multidisciplinary Approaches 27
The Transformative Context: Reclaiming and Reconstructing 36
The Comprehensive Context: Restoration of Wonder 50
Commentary 55
Response and Audience Discussion 63
Epilogue 103
App. I Global Forum, Moscow, 1990 111
App. II Summit on Environment, New York, 1991 116
App. III Union of Concerned Scientists, 1992 124
App. IV Earth Charter, 2000 131
App. V Catholic-Orthodox Joint Declaration, Venice, 2002 143
Notes 148
Basic Bibliography on Religion and Ecology 155
The Institute for World Religions 159
Index 161
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