The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Paperback | November 16, 2010

byRoger S. Gottlieb

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In the face of the environmental crisis, believers from all the world's faith traditions have come to recognize that religion's relation to ecology is of critical importance. Vital new theologies, profound criticisms of the past, and ecologically oriented visions of God, Enlightenment, andhuman beings have arisen. Religious morality has expanded to include human relations to other species and ecosystems, and religious practice has come to include rituals that express our grief and remorse as well as celebrate what is left. Religious leaders and institutions have committed themselvesto a new green gospel, and in countless places across the globe people engage in environmental activism for religious reasons.This book serves as the definitive scholarly overview of these exciting new developments. Part I explores traditional religious concepts of and attitudes toward nature and how these have been changed by the environmental crisis. Part II analyzes conceptual issues that transcend individualtraditions. Part III examines religious participation in environmental politics.With essays by the leading scholars in the field, many of whom have themselves been instrumental in the rise of religious environmentalism, this Handbook will be invaluable to anyone interested in religion, environmentalism, and the future of our planet.

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In the face of the environmental crisis, believers from all the world's faith traditions have come to recognize that religion's relation to ecology is of critical importance. Vital new theologies, profound criticisms of the past, and ecologically oriented visions of God, Enlightenment, andhuman beings have arisen. Religious morality ha...

Roger S. Gottlieb is professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and more than one hundred articles on political philosophy, religious life, the Holocaust, environmentalism, and disability, including A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future (OUP 20...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:688 pages, 6.69 × 9.61 × 1.5 inPublished:November 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsContributorsRoger S. Gottlieb: Introduction: Religion and Ecology-What Is the Connection and Why Does It Matter?Part I: Transforming Tradition1. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson: Judaism2. John Hart: Catholicism3. John Chryssavgis: The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality4. H. Paul Santmire and John B. Cobb Jr.: The World of Nature according to the Protestant Tradition5. Christopher Key Chapple: Jainism and Ecology: Transformation of Tradition6. O. P. Dwivedi: Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being7. Stephanie Kaza: The Greening of Buddhism: Promise and Perils8. Richard C. Foltz: Islam9. James Miller: Daoism and Nature10. John Berthrong: Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision11. Jacob Olupona: Religion and Ecology in African Culture and Society12. John A. Grim: Indigenous Traditions: Religion and EcologyPart II: Religion and Ecology: Conflicts and Connections13. Daniel C. Maguire: Population, Religion, and Ecology14. Thomas A. Shannon: Genetic Engineering and Nature: Human and Otherwise15. Andrew Linzey: So Near and Yet So Far: Animal Theology and Ecological Theology16. Rosemary Radford Ruether: Religious Ecofeminism: Healing the Ecological Crisis17. Holmes Rolston III: Science and Religion in the Face of the Environmental Crisis18. Mary Evelyn Tucker: Religion and Ecology: Survey of the Field19. David Landis Barnhill: The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing20. Lisa H. Sideris: Religion, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Ecology21. Roger S. Gottlieb: Religious Environmentalism in Action22. Lois Ann Lorentzen and Salvador Leavitt-Alcantara: Religion and Environmental Struggles in Latin America23. Marthinus L. Daneel: African Initiated Churches as Vehicles of Earth-Care in Africa24. Calvin B. DeWitt: The Scientist and the Shepherd: The Emergence of Evangelical Environmentalism25. Bron Taylor: Religion and Environmentalism in America and BeyondBibliographyIndex

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"A rich and accessible resource worthy of consultation." --Environmental Ethics