Dark Green Religion

Dark Green Religion

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qA love of green may be a human universal. Deepening the palette of green scholarship, Bron Taylor proves remarkably to be both an encyclopedist and a visionary.q--Jonathan Benthall, author of Returning to Religion: Why a Secular Age is Haunted by Faith qThis important book provides insight into how a profound sense of relation to nature offers many in the modern world a vehicle for attaining a spiritual wholeness akin to what has been historically associated with established religion. In this sense, Dark Green Religion offers both understanding and hope for a world struggling for meaning and purpose beyond the isolation of the material here and now.q--Stephen Kellert, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies qIn this thought-provoking volume, Bron Taylor explores the seemingly boundless efforts by human beings to understand the nature of life and our place in the universe. Examining in depth the ways in which influential philosophers and naturalists have viewed this relationship, Taylor contributes to the further development of thought in this critically important area, where our depth of understanding will play a critical role in our survival.q--Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden qCarefully researched, strongly argued, originally conceived, and very well executed, this book is a vital contribution on a subject of immense religious, political, and environmental importance. It's also a great read.q--Roger S. Gottlieb, author of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and our Planet's Future qA fascinating analysis of our emotional and spiritual relationship to nature. Whether you call it dark green religion or something else, Bron Taylor takes us through our spiritual relationship with our planet, its ecosystems and evolution, in an enlightened and completely undogmatic manner.q--Dr. Claude Martin, Former Director General, World Wildlife Fund qAn excellent collection of guideposts for perplexed students and scholars about the relationships of nature religions, spirituality, animism, pantheism, deep ecology, Gaia, and land ethics--and for the environmentalist seeking to make the world a better place through green religion as a social force.q--Fikret Berkes, author of Sacred Ecology: Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resource Management qDark Green Religion shows conclusively how nature has inspired a growing religious movement on the planet, contesting the long reign of many older faiths. Taylor expertly guides us through an astonishing array of thinkers, past and present, who have embraced, in part or whole, the new religion. I was thoroughly convinced that this movement has indeed become a major force on Earth, with great potential consequences for our environmental ethics.q--Donald Worster, University of Kansas qIn this exceptionally interesting and informative book, Bron Taylor has harvested the fruits of years of pioneering research in what amounts to a new field in religious studies: the study of how religious/spiritual themes show up in the work of people concerned about nature in many diverse ways. Taylor persuasively argues that appreciation of nature's sacred or spiritual dimension both informs and motivates the work of individuals ranging from radical environmentalists and surfers, to eco-tourism leaders and museum curators. I highly recommend this book for everyone interested learning more about the surprising extent to which religious/spiritual influences many of those who work to protect, to exhibit, or to represent the natural world.q--Michael E. Zimmerman, Director, Center for Humanities and the Arts, University of Colorado at BoulderThe surf was up and I was soon chatting with a young woman at a surf shop, deciding which board to rent. ... 1 Jay Moriarity in the Ultimate Guide to Surfing wrote similarly, that surfing is art, sport, and a€œSPIRITUAL because ita#39;s just you and anbsp;...

Title:Dark Green Religion
Author:Bron Raymond Taylor
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2010


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