By Roger S. Gottlieb
In a time of darkening environmental clients, scary spiritual fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the amazing and traditionally unheard of upward push of spiritual environmentalism is a profound resource of wish. Theologians are convalescing nature-honoring parts of conventional religions and forging daring new theologies connecting devotion to God and non secular fact with love for God's construction and take care of the Earth. and spiritual humans through the international are remodeling the that means in their faiths within the face of the environmental situation. The successes and value ofreligious environmentalism are occur in statements through leaders of just about the entire world's religions, in new and "green" prayers and rituals, and in refined criticisms of contemporary society's economic climate, politics, and tradition. From the Evangelical Environmental community to the Buddhist major minister of Mongolia, the nationwide Council of church buildings to tree-planting campaigns in Zimbabwe, non secular environmentalism has develop into a strong portion of the realm environmental circulation.
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Extra info for A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future
50 Christianity was thus keyed to a kind of detachment from the rest of nature, and thus necessarily to a fundamental lack of preparedness to defend it when, under the onslaught of the Industrial Revolution, humans begin to affect it in ways for which no one had been prepared. The complexities and scope of nature might have been taken as a sign of God’s existence, a “natural theology” whose importance grew as revealed scripture and tradition lost their hold on ever larger numbers of people. Yet few of the faithful asked what it meant for belief in God the Designer if His design was being clearcut, paved over, or rendered extinct by the fur trade.
In the past, however, such key passages were not used for environmental purposes. Hence the old words must be read anew. ” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; ﬁll the earth and subdue it. ” (Gen. 1:26–28) Many have said the text clearly provides a license for ecological unconcern by establishing human difference from and dominion over the natural world. Yet, on closer examination, things might not be so simple.
But How are we to feel God’s presence, or a truly spiritual joy, in the face of what is going on? Theologically, we can attribute all of this mess to mistaken human choices, to selﬁshness or sin, but such a theology doesn’t do much to ease my deep sadness when I confront a dead lake or otters drenched in spilled oil. How am I to feel joy in existence when existence is such a mess? And if I cannot feel that, all in all, this world—despite everything—is holy, then what kind of religious life will I be left with?
A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future by Roger S. Gottlieb