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2nd Edition

This Sacred Earth
Religion, Nature, Environment

ISBN 9780415943604
Published November 4, 2003 by Routledge
784 Pages

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Updated with nearly forty new selections to reflect the tremendous growth and transformation of scholarly, theological, and activist religious environmentalism, the second edition of This Sacred Earth is an unparalleled resource for the study of religion's complex relationship to the environment.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: Religion in an Age of Environmental Crisis Introduction to the Second Edition: Good News/Bad News Part I: The Moment of Seeing: Selections from Nature Writers Linking Nature and Spirit 1.1 From the Halibun: (trans. David Barnhill): Matshuo Basho 1.2 On the Lure of the Country: William Hazlitt 1.3 From "Walking": Henry David Thoreau 1.4 Nature: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1.5 From Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf: John Muir 1.6 From A Sand County Almanac: Aldo Leopold 1.7 Nature: Luther Standing Bear 1.8 Seeing the Light: Robert Finch 1.9 The Kill Hole: Linda Hogan Part II: How Have Traditional Religions Viewed Nature? 2.1 The Creation: Fanetorens (Ray Fadden) 2.2 Death and the Rebirth of the Universe (Hindu): Joseph L. Henderson and Maude Oaks 2.3 The Parade of Ants (Hindu): Joseph L. Henderson and Maude Oaks 2.4 The Five Suns (Aztec): Joseph L. Henderson and Maude Oaks 2.5 Persephone:Joseph L. Henderson and Maude Oaks 2.6 From Forests: the Shadow of Civilization: Robert Pogue Harrison 2.7 From the Tao Te Ching: Lao Tzu 2.8 Selections: Hebrew Bible 2.9 Selections: Qur'an 2.10 Jews, Jewish Texts, and Nature: A Brief History: Daniel Swartz 2.11 From Legends of the Bible: Louis Ginzberg 2.12 From "In and of the World: Christian Theological Anthropology and Environmental Ethics: Anna Peterson 2.13 Traditional Native Hawaiian Environmental Philosophy: Michael Kioni Dudley 2.14 Early Buddhist Views on Nature: Chatsumarn Kabilisingh 2.15 Illuminating Darkness: The Monk-Cave-Bat-Ecosystem Complex in Thailand: Leslie E. Sponsel and Poranee Matadcha-Sponsel 2.16 Satyagraha for Conservation: Awakening the Spirit of Hinduism: O.P. Dwivedi 2.17 Islamic Environment: Ethics, Law, and Society: Mawil Y. Izzi Deen (Samarrai) 2.18 Central African Voices on the Human-Environmental Relationship: Richard B. Peterson 2.19 An Aboriginal Perspective on the Integrity of Creation: Stan McKay 2.20 Biodiversity and Tradition in Malaysia: Patrick Segundad 2.21 Learning to Connect Spirit, Mind, Body, and Heart to the Environment: A Healer's Perspective: Lea Bill-Rippling Water Woman Part III: Ecotheology in an Age of Environmental Crisis: Transforming Tradition 3.1 The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis: Lynn White 3.2 The Ecological Crisis: A Common Responsibility: Pope John Paul II 3.3 Creation and the Covenant of Caring: American Baptist Churches USA 3.4 Basis for Our Caring: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 3.5 Evangelical Declaration on the Environment "On the Care of Creation": Evangelical Environmental Network 3.6 "Address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew":Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 3.7 Christianity and Ecology: John F. Haught 3.8 Protestant Theology and Deep Ecology: John B. Cobb 3.9 What is Eco-Kosher? Arthur Waskow 3.10 African-American Resources for A More Inclusive Liberation Theology: Theodore Walker, Jr. 3.11 An Islamic Response to the Manifest Ecological Crisis: Issues of Justice: Nawal H. Ammar 3.12 Hinduism and Deep Ecology: Christopher Key Chapple 3.13 Beyond the Enlightenment Mentality: Tu Weiming 3.14 To Save All Beings: Buddhist Environmental Activism: Stephanie Kaza 3.15 Somebody, not Something: Do Animals Have Souls? Gary A. Kowalski 3.16 The Theological Basis of Animal Rights: Andrew Linzey 3.17 No Place to Hide: Spirituality, Avoidance, and Denial: Roger S. Gottlieb Part IV: Ecotheology in an Age of Environmental Crisis: Ecofeminist Spirituality 4.1 Ecofeminism: Symbolic and Social Connections of the Oppression of Women and the Domination of Nature: Rosemary Radford Ruether 4.2 The Trinity and Human Experience: An Ecofeminist Approach: Ivone Gebara 4.3 Ecology is a Sistah's Issue Too: The Politics of Emergent Afrocentric Ecowomanism: Shamara Shantu Riley 4.4 Something or Nothing: An Eco-Womanist Essay on God, Creation, and Indispensibility: Karen Baker-Fletcher 4.5 Sensuous Minds and the Possibilities of a Jewish Ecofeminist Practice: Irene Diamond and David Seidenberg 4.6 Messages from the Past: The World of the Goddess: Riane Eisler 4.7 The Rainbow Bridge: Brooke Medicine Eagle 4.8 The Chipko Women's Concept of Freedom: Vandana Shiva Part V: Ecotheology in an Age of Environmental Crisis: Spiritual Deep Ecology 5.1 The Fawn: Edna St. Vincent Millay 5.2 The Ecology of Magic: David Abram 5.3 Into the Future: Thomas Berry 5.4 Faith, Power, and Ecology: Joanna Macy 5.5 from The Others: How Animals Made us Human: Paul Shephard Part VI: Religious Practice for a Sacred Earth 6.1 Dance to Heal the Earth: Dee Smith 6.2 Earth Gathas: Thich Nhat Hanh 6.3 Blessings and Praise Bal Tashchit: Ellen Bernstein and Dan Fink 6.4 Wiwanyag Wachipi: The Sun Dance: Black Elk 6.5 Worship Resources, Earth Day Sunday: National Council of Churches 6.6 Invocation: John Seed 6.7 Gaia Meditations: John Seed and Joanna Macy 6.8 Evolutionary Remembering: John Seed and Pat Fleming 6.9 The Blessing of the Water: Marina Lachecki Part VII: Ecology, Religion, and Society 7.1 Saving the World: Religion and Politics in the Environmental Movement: Roger S. Gottlieb 7.2 Environmental Justice, Neopreservationalism, and Sustainable Spirituality: Mark I. Wallace 7.3 Reinhabiting Religion: Green Sisters, Ecological Renewal, and the Biogeography of Religious Landscape: Sarah McFarland Taylor 7.4 Interview with Cesar Chavez: Catherine Ingram 7.5 Redwood Rabbis: Seth Zuckerman 7.6 Of Telescopes, Squirrels, and Prayers: The Mt. Graham Controversy: Evelyn Martin 7.7 Mhondoro: Spirit Lions and Sacred Forests: Bruce Byers 7.8 Seeking Eco-Justice in the South African Context: Ernst Conradie, Charity Majiza, Jim Cochrane, Welile T. Sigabi, Victor Molobi, and David Field 7.9 On Sustainability: B.D. Sharma 7.10 Globalization and the Perennial Question of Justice: Mary John Mananzan 7.11 Sacred Rivers, Sacred Damns: Competing Visions of Social Justice and Sustainable Development along the Narmada: William F. Fisher 7.12 Statements by the United Church of Christ on Environmental Racism in St. Louis: United Church of Christ 7.13 Race, Sacrifice, and Native Lands: Jonna Higgins-Freese and Jeff Tomhave 7.14 The Cochabamba Declaration on Water: Globalization, Privitization, and the Search for Alternatives: Coordinadora de Defensa del Agua y de la Vida (Coalition in Defense of Water and Life) 7.15 Street Trees: Melody Ermachild Chavis 7.16 Statement on Global Warming and Climate Change by North Carolina's Religions and Spiritual Leaders: Interfaith Global Climate Change Campaign, North Carolina Chapter 7.17 Principles of Environmental Justice: The First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit 7.18 Statement by Religious Leaders at the Summit on the Environment: Religious Leaders at the Summit on Environment 7.19 Declaration of the "Mission to Washington": Joint Appeal by Religion and Science for the Environment 7.20 Catholic Social Teaching and Environmental Ethics: United States Catholic Conference Suggestions for Further Reading Websites on Religion and the Environment Environmental Organizations About the Contributors

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Roger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institiute and is widely recognized for his work in environmentalism. He has a regular column in Tikkun, and has published in popular venues such as the Sunday Boston Globe and Orion Afield. He has written and edited books on Marxism, Religion and Environmentalism.


"The updated edition of This Sacred Earth brings together an impressive selection of recent insights on Religion As If the Earth Mattered. We dare not settle for less." -- Charlene Spretnak, author of The Resurgence of the Real
"A rich and valuable compendium assembled around the premise that Judeo-Christian belief is moving from belief to disbelief in the inherent value of earth and its creatures. Writings that support this premise in the central text are introduced with spiritual and nature writings and followed by writings from Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Animal Rights, Ecofeminist and Deep Ecology perspectives. A fine sourcebook for a wide range of religious and spiritual environmental writings." -- Calvin B. DeWitt, University of Wisconson-Madison
"I welcome this second edition of This Sacred Earth, more comprehensive and inclusive than ever, probing the opportunities--and the pitfalls--in bringing religious experience to bear on caring for nature. Can Earth's marvelous religious diversity help to save Earth and its marvelous biodiversity? We can inherit the Earth only in justice and love. The promise of religion is splendidly and urgently documented here." -- Holmes Rolston, III, University Distinguished Professor Colorado State University
"The Second Edition of This Sacred Earth documents the exponential acceleration of the greening of religion. Back in 1967, Lynn White Jr. could plausibly claim that the "historical roots of our ecologic crisis" were the Abrahamic religions. Now those religions and practically all the others of the world are uniting to resist the real roots of our ecologic crisis, the worship of Mammon and the cult of Consumerism. Roger Gottlieb has done a masterful job in covering the diversity of the spiritual responses to this newest form of idolatry--from traditional world religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism to new ecology-inspired spiritual movements such as Deep Ecology and Ecofeminism. It remains THE TEXTBOOK for college courses that focus on the link between religion and environment." -- J. Baird Callicott Professor of Philosophy and Religion Studies University of North Texas