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Health and SustainabilityAn Introduction$
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Tee L. Guidotti

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199325337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325337.001.0001

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Spirituality and Sustainability

Spirituality and Sustainability

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Health and Sustainability

Tee L. Guidotti

Oxford University Press

Religious beliefs about creation shape attitudes and behavior about sustainability, the natural world, and the sanctity of the body. Moral judgment strongly shapes attitudes and behavior on issues related to future generations, health, and environmental protection; it is therefore key to the cultural transmission of attitudes toward sustainability. In a pluralistic society, a collective or public philosophy that supports sustainability and promotes good health has to be secular to function as public knowledge but also respectful of religious beliefs and private knowledge. “Deep ecology” is a secular philosophy compatible with religious beliefs that concerns itself with the intrinsic worth of living beings. The Gaia hypothesis, which states that the planet is a self-sustaining organism, is a way of looking at the planet and motivating people to visualize it as a “person” they should care about.

Keywords:   spirituality, stewardship, responsibility, morality, religion, deep ecology, Gaia hypothesis

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