A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planets Future

Paperback | September 30, 2009

byRoger S. Gottlieb

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In a time of darkening environmental prospects, frightening religious fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the remarkable and historically unprecedented rise of religious environmentalism is a profound source of hope. In A Greener Faith , Roger S. Gottlieb chronicles the promises of thiscritically important movement, illuminating its principal ideas, leading personalities, and ways of connecting care for the earth with justice for human beings. He also shows how religious environmentalism breaks the customary boundaries of "religious issues" in political life. Asserting thatenvironmental degradation is sacrilegious, sinful, and an offense against God catapults religions directly into questions of social policy, economic and moral priorities, and the overall direction of secular society. Gottlieb contends that a spiritual perspective applied to the Earth provides theenvironmental movement with a uniquely appropriate way to voice its dream of a sustainable and just world. Equally important, it helps develop a world-making political agenda that far exceeds interest group politics applied to forests and toxic incinerators. Rather, religious environmentalism offersan all-inclusive vision of what human beings are and how we should treat each other and the rest of life.Gottlieb deftly analyzes the growing synthesis of the movement's religious, social, and political aspects, as well as the challenges it faces in consumerism, fundamentalism, and globalization. Highly engaging and passionately argued, this book is an indispensable resource for people of faith,environmentalists, scholars, and anyone who is concerned about our planet's future.

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In a time of darkening environmental prospects, frightening religious fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the remarkable and historically unprecedented rise of religious environmentalism is a profound source of hope. In A Greener Faith , Roger S. Gottlieb chronicles the promises of thiscritically important movement, illuminating i...

Roger S. Gottlieb is Profesor of Philosophy at Worcestor Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Maryland.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:September 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195396200

ISBN - 13:9780195396201

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Religion and the Human Meaning of Environmental Crisis1. Religion, Nature, Environment2. Religious Environmentalism and Secular Society3. Sustainable Religion4. Religious Environmentalism in Action5. Environmentalism as Spirituality6. Opening the Heart: The Ritual Life of Religious Environmentalism7. Five Faces of Religious Environmentalism8. Obstacles, Prospects, Hope