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Ecology and Religion

#1  Postby Clive Durdle » Feb 16, 2014 2:02 pm

http://www.nhbs.com/ecology_and_religio ... 89604.html

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.


Just got this on kindle and am finding it very interesting!

They comment for example about "deep enculturation", on which there does not seem to be a wiki article!, but this link comments how we are symbol creating mammals. I take this as meaning gods are symbols we have created, with various attributes and doxies.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=OVGn ... 22&f=false

It looks like attempting to get rid of gods might be as daft as trying to get rid of language! The problem is more what sorts of religions, why not some new ones?
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Re: Ecology and Religion

#2  Postby azeed » Mar 05, 2014 7:32 pm

Anyone using phrases like "deep culturation" should probably not be published. At least not without some heavy editing.
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Re: Ecology and Religion

#3  Postby Made of Stars » Mar 06, 2014 10:07 am

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Wikipedia wrote:The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.
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#4  Postby Clive Durdle » Mar 06, 2014 11:33 am

If gods are symbols, maybe we can't get rid of them, we just need to create symbol sets that make sense, like maths?
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