Down to Earth: Religious Paths toward Custodianship of Nature

Down to Earth: Religious Paths toward Custodianship of Nature

by Clifford Chalmers Cain, William Bryan Martin


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Down to Earth scientifically describes the multitude of environmental problems besetting planet earth and indicates why these environmental problems are, at their root, a spiritual or religious challenge. Simply learning about the scientific description of these environmental threats will not be sufficient to solve them, the author argues, for attitudes must be changed and behavioral patterns must be altered. This need for change invariably confronts the core values that we hold and the routine actions that we undertake. Through an examination of the worldviews and sacred texts of eight spiritual traditions, we learn of the common insights and powerful resources that these world religions can offer. The author believes that it is necessary to join an ecological conscience to an ecological consciousness for humans to exercise custodianship of nature both responsibly and sustainably.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761846871
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 05/16/2009
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Clifford Chalmers Cain is professor of philosophy and religion at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. Cain holds two doctoral degrees and has written books and scholarly articles in the fields of contemporary theology, ecology, religion, and science.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 Chapter One: Environmental Problems and Their Spiritual Foundation Chapter 5 Chapter Two: Judaism Chapter 6 Chapter Three: Christianity Chapter 7 Chapter Four: Islam Chapter 8 Chapter Five: Indigenous Peoples/Native Americans Chapter 9 Chapter Six: Hinduism Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: Buddhism Chapter 11 Chapter Eight: Daoism Chapter 12 Chapter Nine: Confucianism Chapter 13 Chapter Ten: Conclusion Chapter 14 Index

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