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Population, Religion, and Ecology

Daniel C. Maguire

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178722
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195178722.003.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Population, Religion, and Ecology

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A chastening look at our history shows that ethics and religion are no match for the efficacy of genetic inscription when it comes to the protection of our species and of our biological and terrestrial neighbors. Yet they are what we have, and in their own fashion they have all addressed the problem, including the problem of family planning and population pressures. This article focuses on the interrelationships among population, religion, and ecology and discusses humanity and the perils of power, ethics and religion, the natalist thrust of religions, Chinese religions and Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Protestant and Catholic Christianity.

Keywords: Buddhism; Hinduism; Judaism; Christianity; ethics; ecology; population; humanity; power

Article.  5559 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Religion and Science

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