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Nature in Spiritual Traditions: Social and Cultural Implications for Environmental Change

Carolyn P. Egri

in Living with Nature

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198295099
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019829509X.003.0004
 Nature in Spiritual Traditions: Social and Cultural Implications for Environmental Change

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Concerns spiritual discourse as a means of constructing and reconstructing humankind's relationship with the natural environment. After a brief historical review, the chapter explores the spiritual and philosophical lessons implicit in ancient and modern accounts of relationships between humankind and nature. Focusing on humankind's need to find modes of social organization that allow it to survive with nature, it shows how different cultures have searched out and constructed different meanings and purposes for nature. It discusses the ways in which spiritual communities and religious organizations have worked to further environmental causes and how ecological consciousness has evolved in consequence. Finally, it discusses the implications of spiritual discourse for such organizations working at a global level; these involve the development of a more pluralistic recognition of the need to respect diversity of outlook.

Keywords: natural world; nature; philosophy; religion; spiritual values

Chapter.  9022 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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