Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

Ecology and Religion

January 2, 2014

Ecology and Religion, a book co-authored by John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, details religions’ growing relationships with environmental challenges. Delving into religious texts and historical traditions, Grim and Tucker explore how religious practices both promoted and occasionally denounced sustainability. The book further addresses the concept of religious ecology and Western views of nature, outlining four fundamental aspects of religious life in regards to environmental protection: orienting, grounding, nurturing, and transforming. Studies of these concepts include traditions from indigenous Native American religions, Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism. The underlying argument that Grim and Tucker make asserts that religious elements will be an necessary component of environmental sustainability in the coming years, and that religious ecology will continue to serve as a tool for the subjects of environmental ethics, theology and ecology, environmental science, and world religions.

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