In the new millennium, as environmental alarm has escalated, so has interest and concern about the role of religion in nature. Much of the thinking has involved a hope for a 'greening' of religion - i.e. that religion might promote environmentally protective action. Many believe that this 'greening' of religion is a prerequisite for solving the world's social and environmental problems. Curiosity regarding the relationships between human culture, religion and the wider natural world, however, goes beyond such curiosity. The ERN represents an intensive effort to broaden the inquiry and asks the fundamental question: What are the relationships between Homo sapiens, their diverse religions, and the earth's living systems?
The answers are difficult and complex, intertwined with and complicated by a host of social, environmental, and religious variables. The goal of the ERN is to explore this question in a way that illuminates these relationships without engaging in wishful thinking, irrational pessimism, or the tendency to oversimplify the dynamic, sometimes rapidly evolving relations between humans, their religions, and the natural world. Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature shows convincingly that religion has a great deal to do with nature, nature a great deal to do with religion, and both have everything to do with the planetary future.
Adams, Ansel (1902-1984); Aesthetics and Nature in China and Japan; Albert the Great (c. 1206-1280) Alchemy; Anarchism; Appiko Movement (India); Aztec Religion; Baha'i Faith; Bhagavadgita; Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites; Blake, William (1757-1827); Cannibalism; Cetacean Spirituality Chinese Environmentalism; Creation Myths of the Ancient World; Crop Circles; Dalai Lama (1935-); Darwin, Charles (1809-1882); Delphic Oracle; Druids and Druidry; Earth Charter; Ecofeminism; Elves and Land Spirits in Pagan Norse Religion; Fengshui; Francis of Assisi (ca. 1181-1226); Fuller, Buckminster (1895-1983); Goodall, Jane (1934-); Greco-Roman World; Greenpeace; Hundredth Monkey; Huxley, Aldous (1894-1963); Incas; Indigenous Activism and Environmentalism in Latin America; Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship; Islamic Foundation for Science and Environment; Israel and Environmentalism; Japanese Religions; Kabbalah and Ecotheology; Kenya Greenbelt Movement; Khoisan Religion; Linnaeus, Carl (1707-1778); Magic; Maya Religion (Central America); Men's Movement; Muller, Friedrich Max (1823-1900); Music; Natural Law and Natural Rights; Nepal; Paleolithic Religions; Philippines, The; Polynesian Traditional Religions; Primate Spirituality; Rainbow Serpent; Russian Mystical Philosophy; Sacred Sites in England; Sagan, Carl (1934-1996); Shamanism; Slavic Religion; Sustainability and the World Council of Churches; Tibet and Central Asia; Transcendental Meditation; United Nations' 'Earth Summits'; Volcanoes; Whales and Whaling; World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); Zoroastrianism
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Editor-in-Chief: Bron Taylor, Samuel S. Hill Professor of Religion and Nature, The University of Florida; President of the Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and the host of www.religionandnature.com, a portal to these resources and study of religion and nature more broadly.