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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 and Religions

Religion and Religions

(p.9) 1 Religion and Religions
Religion & The Order of Nature

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Oxford University Press

Although the crisis of the relationship between man and the world of nature on the scale observable today first began in the West where modernism was born, it is now global and demands an inquiry beyond the borders of the Western tradition and the history of the attack against that tradition in modern times. Any inquiry into the question of the relation between religion and the order of nature, one that wishes to address the crucial issues emanating from the present-day environmental crisis, needs to cross the frontiers of various spiritual universes and journey from the Heaven and Earth of a single human collectivity to the many Heavens and Earths of the several “humanities” constituting present-day global humanity as such. To understand the relation of religion to the order of nature on a global scale, rather than from the perspective of a single tradition, it is necessary to understand the meaning of the order of nature or the “Earth” in the context of various religions.

Keywords:   modernism, nature, religion, order of nature, religions, environmental crisis, Heaven, Earth, humanity

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