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A Greener FaithReligious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future$
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Roger S. Gottlieb

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176483.001.0001

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Religion, Nature, Environment

Religion, Nature, Environment

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(p.19) Chapter 1 Religion, Nature, Environment
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A Greener Faith
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Roger S. Gottlieb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176483.003.0002

The new ecotheologies—accounts of God, ultimate meaning, human responsibility, and ethical life—typically begin with the pained recognition of just how bad things have become. Why do we need ecotheology? Simply because before we can act, we must think, and before religion can act in response to the environmental crisis, it must learn to think religiously about it. Thus, the task of the new ecotheology is to think about the environmental crisis, and our human response to it, in religious terms. The fundamentally human-centered, or anthropocentric, perspective on nature, many theologians believe, is at the core of the crisis. Ecotheology offers an enormous range of answers to this question, reflecting a breathtaking diversity of traditional viewpoints and contemporary responses.

Keywords:   ecotheologies, God, anthropocentric perspective, human-centered perspective, environmental crisis

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