This chapter presents the warp and woof of the whole book as the interplay of three assumptions: that our lives are “startlingly moral” (Thoreau) now; that the unit of human survival of human society is not human society but nature comprehensively; and that the interacting threesome of religion, ecology, and the economy merits more attention and offers more contributions than are presently considered. The deep religious traditions of asceticism, sacramentalism, mysticism, prophetic/liberative practices, and wisdom counter the destructive downside of consumerism, commodification, alienation, oppression, and folly. Not, however, apart from the “conversion” to the Earth of these traditions so that they are Earth-honoring. A critique of these traditions is offered, as well as a statement of their riches as a “Song of songs.”
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