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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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The Rediscovery of Nature: Religion and the Environmental Crisis

The Rediscovery of Nature: Religion and the Environmental Crisis

(p.191) 6 The Rediscovery of Nature: Religion and the Environmental Crisis
Religion & The Order of Nature

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Oxford University Press

After several centuries of an ever-increasing eclipse of the religious significance of nature in the West and neglect of the order of nature by mainstream Christian religious thought, many Christian theologians have in the past two or three decades become interested once again in nature and in addressing the environmental crisis. Diverse paths have been chosen to face this challenge, some seeking to go back to the traditional roots of Christianity, others to turn East to Indian and Far Eastern religions, and yet others to search for the wisdom of the Native Shamanic religions, especially those of the Americas. This chapter casts a critical glance on at least some of the Christian voices seeking to create what some now call “eco-theology” before turning to other religions. Today, there is much written by philosophers and scientists concerned with ecology that deals with environmental ethics and that have in fact a religious impact and in some cases a directly religious dimension.

Keywords:   West, nature, order of nature, Christianity, eco-theology, religions, ecology, environmental ethics, environmental crisis

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