Religion and Ecology

Mary Evelyn Tucker

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178722
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and Ecology

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The environmental crisis has been well documented in its various interconnected aspects of resource depletion and species extinction, pollution growth and climate change, population explosion and overconsumption. It is becoming increasingly clear that scientific analysis will be critical to understanding nature's ecology; educational awareness will be indispensable to creating modes of sustainable life; economic incentives will be central to adequate distribution of resources; public policy recommendations will be invaluable in shaping national and international priorities; and moral and spiritual values will be crucial for the transformations required for the flourishing of earth's many ecosystems. It is in this nexus that the field of religion and ecology is making important contributions, within academia and beyond. This article explores the link between religion and ecology and discusses cosmology, symbols, rituals, and ethics as well as the contribution of religions to environmental thought and practice, intellectual influences on religion and ecology, the emerging academic field of religion and ecology, challenges to religion and ecology, the limits of science and policy; and the response of policy groups and scientists.

Keywords: religion; ecology; environmental crisis; public policy; cosmology; rituals; ethics; science; policy groups; symbols

Article.  8353 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Religion and Science

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