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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 the Resacralization of Nature

Religion and the Resacralization of Nature

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(p.270) 8 Religion and the Resacralization of Nature
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Religion & The Order of Nature
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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108231.003.0009

One solution to the current environmental crisis is to resacralize nature, not by man who has no power to bestow the quality of sacredness upon anything, but through the remembrance of what nature is as theater of Divine Creativity and Presence. Nature has been already sacralized by the Sacred Itself, and its resacralization means more than anything else a transformation within man, who has himself lost his Sacred Center, so as to be able to rediscover the Sacred and consequently to behold again nature's sacred quality. And this remembrance and rediscovery can only be achieved through religion in its traditional forms as the repositories of the Sacred and the means of access to it. Furthermore, such a transformation can only come about through the revival of religious knowledge of the order of nature, which itself means the undoing of the negative effects of all those processes of transformation of man's image of himself, his thought, and the world about him that have characterized the history of the West during the past five centuries.

Keywords:   West, nature, religion, resacralization, order of nature, sacredness, environmental crisis

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