Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred by David Landis Barnhill, Roger S. Gottlieb (editors)

By David Landis Barnhill, Roger S. Gottlieb (editors)

Bringing jointly 13 new essays at the very important courting among conventional international spirituality and the modern environmental standpoint of deep ecology, this landmark ebook explores parallels and contrasts among non secular values and people proposed by way of deep ecology. In reading how deep ecologists and many of the non secular traditions can either examine from and critique each other, the subsequent traditions are thought of: indigenous cultures, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, Christian ecofeminism, and New Age spirituality.

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It is interesting to note that the stated goals of this “International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” stress several issues such as human rights, social and economic justice, cultural diversity, and technical assistance—all of which are crucial. The central issue of homelands, however, seems carefully avoided, no doubt to gain the necessary signatories among the UN member states. Yet the issue of indigenous homelands and how they are understood both internationally and within nation-states having native populations is a critical item in any consideration of indigenous environmental thought.

This attitude appeared likewise when Aldo Leopold beheld a “fierce green fire” in the eyes of the wolf he himself had shot to make the world better for deer and deer hunters, and learned that from the point of view of the wolf, and the mountain it lived on, there were other and better ways to live in the world. Nature for the deep ecologist is not only a kind of 20 Roger S. Gottlieb spontaneous mall, filled with things to meet our needs and give us pleasure (“And here, some food; there, materials for furniture; and, how pleasant, now some lovely bird calls”).

For those who take the Gaia hypothesis seriously, and see the earth as capable of a kind of self-corrective maintenance, human-caused ecological damage may soon be corrected by changes that will settle our hash quite nicely. Yet this readjustment will not bring back the slaughtered species or the human cancer victims, both of whose numbers are rising daily. ) Its task is to make its peace with fragility, and somehow communicate to the other religions of the world the deep truth of how we all share it.

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