Ecology and Religion (Foundations of Contemporary Environmental Studies)

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From the Psalms in the Bible to the sacred rivers in Hinduism, the natural world has been integral to the world's religions. John Grim and Mary Tucker argue that today's growing environmental challenges make the relationship ever more vital. In this concise primer, they illustrate religion's role in sustaining people and the planet.

The authors explore the history of religious traditions and the environment, illustrating how religious teachings and practices both promoted and at times subverted sustainability. Subsequent chapters examine the emergence of religious ecology, as views of nature changed in religious traditions and the ecological sciences. Yet the authors argue that religion and ecology are not the province of institutions or disciplines alone. They describe four fundamental aspects of religious life: orienting, grounding, nurturing, and transforming. Readers then see how these phenomena are experienced in a Native American religion, Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism.

Ultimately, Grim and Tucker argue that the engagement of religious communities is necessary if humanity is to sustain itself and the planet. They recount exemplary stories of groups and individuals who are inspired by their religion to work towards a healthy community of life.

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"A must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of ecology, religion, and ethics, and in the role that religions could play in resolving the complex environmental concerns of today."--Eleanor Sterling "Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History "

"An astonishingly comprehensive view of human relations with the natural world."--John Cobb "Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies, Claremont University "

"Grim and Tucker integrate vast personal experiences and serious scholarship across multiple global cultures and disciplines to produce keen, fresh insight for today's world. A compelling, inspirational, and hopeful look at a path to a meaningful and sustainable future."--Jane Lubchenco "former Administrator of NOAA "

"The almost unimaginable environmental challenge humanity faces a daunting Gordian knot of science, plus ethical and moral values demands ways forward. Those will be found at the intersection of science and religion. Nobody understands this thicket so filled with hope, promise and complexities better than John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker. "Ecology and Religion" lights the path forward."--Thomas E. Lovejoy "University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University ""

"How wonderful to have the world's leading authorities on religion and ecology, John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, offer this profound but accessible examination of the field just as the world's religions are entering their ecological phase. This book is more than a source of deep understanding it is an inspiration."--James Gustave Speth "author of "America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy" ""

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John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker are Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at Yale University, where they teach in a Master's program in religion and ecology between the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Divinity School. They are founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale and Series Editors of World Religion and Ecology at Yale and Series Editors of World Religions and Ecology, from the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions. They won an Emmy for their film Journey of the Universe with Brian Swimme.

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