Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment

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Amidst the many voices clamoring to interpret the environmental crisis, some of the most important are the voices of religious traditions. Long before modernity's industrialism began the rape of Earth, premodern religious and philosophical traditions mediated to untold generations the wisdom of living as a part of nature. These traditions can illuminate and empower wiser ways of postmodern living. The original writings of Worldviews and Ecology creatively present and interpret worldviews of major religious and ...
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Overview

Amidst the many voices clamoring to interpret the environmental crisis, some of the most important are the voices of religious traditions. Long before modernity's industrialism began the rape of Earth, premodern religious and philosophical traditions mediated to untold generations the wisdom of living as a part of nature. These traditions can illuminate and empower wiser ways of postmodern living. The original writings of Worldviews and Ecology creatively present and interpret worldviews of major religious and philosophical traditions on how humans can live more sustainably on a fragile planet. Contributors include Charlene Spretnak, Larry Rasmussen, Noel Brown, Jay McDaniel, Tu Wei-Ming, Thomas Berry, David Ray Griffin, J. Baird Callicott, Eric Katz, Roger E. Timm, Robert A. White, Christopher Key Chapple, Brian Swimme, Brian Brown, Michael Tobias, Ralph Metzner, George Sessions, and Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. Insights from traditions as diverse as Jain, Jewish, ecofeminist, deep ecology, Christian, Hindu, Bahai, and Whiteheadian will interest all who seek an honest analysis of what religious and philosophical traditions have to say to a modernity whose consciousness and conscience seems tragically narrow, the source of attitudes that imperil the biosphere.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883449677
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: Ecology and Justice Series
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Foreword 15
Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality 19
Toward a Global Environmental Ethic 30
Native North American Worldviews and Ecology 41
Judaism and the Ecological Crisis 55
The Garden of Eden, The Fall, and Life in Christ 71
The Ecological Fallout of Islamic Creation Theology 83
A Bahai Perspective on an Ecologically Sustainable Society 96
Hindu Environmentalism 113
Toward a Buddhist Ecological Cosmology 124
Jainism and Ecology 138
Ecological Themes in Taoism and Confucianism 150
The Emerging Cosmological Worldview 163
Cosmology and Ethics 173
Critical and Constructive Contributions of Ecofeminism 181
Whitehead's Deeply Ecological Worldview 190
Deep Ecology as Worldview 207
Ecological Geography 228
Cosmogenesis 238
Notes on Contributors 243
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