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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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Opening the heart

Opening the heart

The Ritual Life of Religious Environmentalism

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(p.173) Chapter 6 Opening the heart
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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/9780195176483.003.0007

This chapter undertakes to provide a description of a sampling of the many religious practices that are designed to help us honor the earth and feel the depth of our connection to it. These practices express a twofold character now indelibly stamped on the nonhuman world. On the one hand, as nature it has an integrity, beauty, and majesty that lead us to see it as a gift from God or Sacred Presence in its own right. On the other hand, as the environment it is threatened and polluted by human action. Religious environmentalism with its new rituals, are designed to help us meet the spiritual, moral, and political challenges of nature's new meaning.

Keywords:   religious practices, nonhuman world, nature, Sacred Presence, environment

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