Ecological crisis is being widely discussed in society today and therefore, the subject of religious naturalism has emerged as a major topic in religion. The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising thirty-four chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into seven parts:
* Varieties of religious naturalism and its relations to other outlooks
* Some earlier religious naturalists
* Pantheism, materialism, and the value-ladenness of nature
* Ecology, humans, and politics in naturalistic perspective
* Religious naturalism and traditional religions
* Putting religious naturalism into practice
* Critical discussions of religious naturalism.
Within these sections central issues, debates, and problems are examined, including: defining religious naturalism; religious underpinnings of ecology; natural piety; the religious-aesthetic; ecstatic naturalism as deep pantheism; spiritual ecology; African-American religious naturalism; Christian religious naturalism; Dao and water; Confucianism; environmental action; and practices in religious naturalism.
The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies, theology, and philosophy. The Handbook will also be useful for those in related fields, such as environmental ethics and ecology.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 885 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm
"This collection does far more than describe and defend religious naturalism. The authors explore widely differing varieties of religious naturalism, including varieties found within or evolvable from existing historical religious traditions. The collection also extends beyond religious naturalism as a thought-experiment into investigations of ways in which religious naturalism has formed or might form robust communities of belief, religious reflection, and practice. Other essays probe the soft spots of religiously naturalistic positions, either in the spirit of skepticism regarding their viability or in that of constructive criticism. Altogether the volume is a rich resource that will be a touchstone for discussions of religious naturalism into the foreseeable future." Andrew Dole, Amherst College, USA
"Arguably, only by re-centring religious sentiment on the awe-inspiring workings of nature can the modern world shift to the earth-ethic that is so sorely needed in this era of ecological derangement. Science and philosophy have proved incapable of bringing about the needed value shift. Perhaps only religion, as has been well attested in recent decades, can move hearts and minds on the scale required. This book argues, rigorously and self-critically, for a religion of nature that might indeed, without sacrificing reason, begin to nudge us towards sanity and hope." Freya Mathews, Latrobe University, Australia
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