Religious Diversity and Religious Environmentalism

Roger S. Gottlieb

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195340136
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Religious Diversity and Religious Environmentalism

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In some perspectives, religious diversity is a regrettable problem. According to this view, truth and error are clear-cut categories. Here, we can speak of the “one true faith” (1TF) and the need to spread or at least teach this faith to the non-believers. Given the premises of this view, such proselytizing would seem to be completely justified, at least if we take for granted that religion is about something important. Learning to coexist happily with other religions teaches us something we need to know about religious life. Exactly what that something is will vary, but some of the candidates are as follows: non-coercion (NC), learning from the other (LO), from many to one (FM1). It is interesting to know how religious environmentalism serves as a negation of 1TF and moves faiths, like it or not, toward LO and FM1. Precisely because the environmental crisis, if honestly and openly faced, shows us a degree of commonality perhaps never before faced, other aspects of what we share become clearer, and our differences diminish.

Keywords: religion; faith; religious environmentalism; religious life; environmental crisis

Article.  6605 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Comparative Religion ; Religion and Science

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