Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 2023-05-31T14:51:57+00:00 Amanda Nichols [email protected] Open Journal Systems <p><em>The Journal of Religion, Nature and Culture, </em>which has been published quarterly since 2007<em>,</em> explores through the social and natural sciences the complex relationships among human beings, their diverse 'religions' (broadly and diversely defined) and the earth's living systems, while providing a venue for analysis and debate over what constitutes an ethically appropriate relationship between our own species and the environments we inhabit. <a href="">Read more.</a></p> Shi‘ite Islamic Religious Authorities and COVID-19 2023-03-09T10:28:58+00:00 Veronika Sobotková [email protected] <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected religious life and has temporarily changed some of the important religious rules of Islam. Most of the highest Shi‘ite clerics in Iran and Iraq have become active protagonists in the fight against COVID-19. The author focuses on these clerics’ support of state institutions in matters of hygiene and protection measures as well as bans on gatherings. The author then analyzes the attitudes of these clerics toward changes in religious practices during the Coronavirus epidemic: the prohibition of Friday / congregational prayers, the closing of Shi‘ite shrines (places of burial of Shi‘ite holy Imams), fasting in the holy<br />month of Ramadan, changes in funeral customs, the issue of martyrdom due to Coronavirus infection and changes in performing the major Shi‘ite religious ceremonies of Ashura and Arba‘een.</p> 2023-03-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Humans and Nature 2022-03-14T16:19:28+00:00 Frans Wijsen [email protected] Zainal Abidin Bagir [email protected] Mohamad Yusuf [email protected] Samsul Ma’arif [email protected] Any Marsiyanti [email protected] <p>The Human and Nature scale (HaN scale) was developed in the Western context to investigate the relationship between ideas about nature and landscape planning. This pilot study expands the HaN scale and includes religion as an independent variable to investigate perceptions of human-nature relations in Indonesia. It examines how religious affiliation and religious practices influence visions of human-nature relations. This study shows that religious affiliation makes no difference. Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, and Hindus share their acceptance of the stewardship, partnership, and participation models while rejecting the master model. However, religious practice does make a difference. Those who practice religion to a lesser extent tend to agree more with the mastery vision than those who practice religion to a greater extent. This study suggests that religion makes a difference, not in terms of what religion respondents affiliate with, but in how religious they are.</p> 2023-04-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Activists of Faith, Betwixt and Between 2023-03-17T11:09:09+00:00 Victoria Machado [email protected] <p>Recognizing the entangled nature of religion and public activism, this article proposes a new category for individuals operating at the intersections of activism and faith communities: activists of faith, an umbrella term for activists who work in secular activist spaces while also ascribing to particular religious traditions. I propose three categories for understanding these individuals: religious outliers, organizers of faith, and evangelical activists. Drawing from eight years of ethnographic fieldwork, I offer detailed examples of each type within Florida’s environmental movement in order to provide a robust understanding of faith-based ecological resistance in a religiously conservative region of the United States. Such activists go unnoticed as they belong to secular environmental groups, often without overt connections to their religious traditions. While their personal activism may set them at odds with conservative members of their religious communities, faith is a vital part of their work and quest for justice.</p> 2023-03-17T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Between Thankfulness and Love 2022-01-27T20:29:37+00:00 Ethan Vanderleek [email protected] <p>Philosophers in the 20th and 21st centuries have offered criticisms of the excesses of human use over the natural world and emphasized how use is increasingly controlled by technological determinism. Martin Heidegger and Michel Henry have contributed to this line of criticism, but both fall short in their critiques and recommendations because they lack a robust notion of transcendence. The philosophy of William Desmond, however, provides a historical and systematic account of human use that critiques modern culture and provides ethical and religious trajectories for addressing ecological destruction by unfettered human use. For Desmond, use must be oriented beyond itself in thankfulness for the transcendent source of what is used and in self-transcending love towards a transcendent end beyond what is used. Though humans cannot help but use the natural world, a rich account of thankfulness and love provide a ground for human use that prevents anthropocentric abuse.</p> 2023-03-28T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Editor’s Introduction 2023-03-21T15:41:26+00:00 Joseph A P Wilson [email protected] 2023-03-27T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd.