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Religion & The Order of NatureThe 1994 Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham$
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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780195108231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108231.001.0001

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Religion & The Order of Nature

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Oxford University Press

The world of nature is being desecrated and destroyed in an unprecedented manner globally by both those who have secularized the world about them and developed a science and technology capable of destroying nature on an unimaginable scale and by those who still live within a religious universe, even if the mode of destruction of the order of nature by the two groups is both quantitatively and qualitatively different. This book challenges the totalitarian claims of modern science and opens up a space for the assertion of the religious view of the order of nature that various traditions developed over the centuries in their cosmologies and sacred sciences. It examines the relation of religion to the order of the nature and brings into focus the religious and spiritual dimensions of the environmental crisis. It also emphasizes the significance of the gulf between knowledge and the sacred in precipitating the chaos and upheavals of a spiritual and intellectual order of which the pollution and destruction of the natural order is a most visible consequence.

Keywords:   environmental crisis, religion, nature, order of nature, pollution, sacred, science, religious universe

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