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That All May FlourishComparative Religious Environmental Ethics$
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Laura Hartman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190456023.001.0001

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Flourishing in Nature Religion

Flourishing in Nature Religion

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(p.226) (p.227) 13 Flourishing in Nature Religion
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That All May Flourish
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Chris Klassen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190456023.003.0014

The chapter describes ethnographic and interview research among contemporary Canadian Pagans, examining their beliefs about the nature of nature and the “naturalness” of technology. Contemporary Paganisms understand humans to be part of, rather than separate from, the natural world. By looking at how Pagans understand that world, what it means to see nature as sacred—to be a nature religion—the chapter leads to better understanding of the multiple ways that flourishing can be articulated and engendered. Pagan beliefs and practices are evaluated with reference to a standard of “ecosocial flourishing,” a concept rooted in synergy between the human and the ecological.

Keywords:   Neo-paganism, Neo-paganism and ecology, nature, technology, Chris Klassen

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