http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/issue/feed Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 2022-01-07T21:30:51+00:00 Amanda Nichols amnv22@ufl.edu 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="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/about">Read more.</a></p> http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19215 Special Issue Introduction 2022-01-07T21:30:51+00:00 Irene Becci irene.becci@unil.ch Alexandre Grandjean alexandre.grandjean@unil.ch Christophe Monnot cmonnot@unistra.fr Salomé Okoekpen salome.okoekpen@unige.ch <p>.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19556 The Spiritualization of Ecology and (De)politicization 2022-01-07T21:30:41+00:00 Mathieu Gervais mathieu.gervais@ymail.com <p>This article examines the political effects of the spiritualization of ecology by considering the theoretical debate opposing ecology as subpolitics (i.e., a vector of new forms of politicization) and ecology as post-politics (i.e., a vector of depoliticization). This debate addresses the links between ecology, spirituality, and politics and hinges on the contrasting ways in which these terms may be understood. This study brings empirical specilcity to this debate by analyzing how it unfolds among environmentalist farmers in France. The lndings show how different views on ecology, spirituality, and politics coexist in one and the same movement depending on the farmers’ backgrounds. This demonstrates the ongoing redelnition of spirituality as a cultural category crosscutting the modern opposition between politics and religion, and highlights an understanding of the spiritualization of ecology as the addition of alternative political perspectives, more or less openly competing, rather than as a one-dimensional process of (de)politicization.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19216 Biodynamic Wine-crafting in Switzerland 2021-02-02T03:53:17+00:00 Alexandre Grandjean Alexandre.grandjean@unil.ch <p>Over the past two decades, Swiss wine-crafting professionals (vignerons) have increasingly turned their attention toward a ‘holistic’ and ecosystemic understanding of their vineyards. Among them, a growing professional segment has engaged in an esoteric agronomy inspired by Rudolf Steiner: Biodynamics. This approach is illustrative of Bron Taylor’s dark green religion applied to agronomy. This ethnographic study describes and analyzes how Swiss vignerons translate and adapt the legacy of Steiner in their everyday lives. After detailing how practitioners frame their engagement in this agronomy, the author distinguishes two processes in the translation and adaptation of Rudolf Steiner’s insights: (a) secularization, which bridges the guidelines of biodynamics and common secular naturalistic ideas; and (b) spiritualization, which relies on supernaturalistic conceptions in line with ‘expressive selfhood’ and the quest for well-being. The author argues that these two processes do not stand in mutual opposition, but rather have been intertwined in Euro-American modernities.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19557 Sensing ‘Subtle Spirituality’ among Environmentalists 2022-01-07T21:30:35+00:00 Irene Becci irene.becci@unil.ch Christophe Monnot cmonnot@unistra.fr Boris Wernli boris.wernli@fors.unil.ch <p>This article examines the emergence, in the Swiss context, of a new category of ecologically oriented ‘spiritual’ activists. The authors look at empirical studies conducted internationally on the link between religion and environmentalism and argue that ‘spiritually oriented activists’ are rarely investigated in quantitative studies. The authors then examine the findings of a case study of local milieus in two Swiss cities and nationwide data collected as part of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP). They close the gap between results coming from case studies, on the one hand, and representative studies, on the other, by introducing the variable of spirituality into quantitative research. The results suggest that an ecological milieu is emerging comprised of people who are located politically on the left, do not self-identify as religious, but nonetheless practice meditation and have holistic feelings. The forms of spirituality practiced by these ecologists are ‘subtle’ in the sense of being adaptable, located in the background, and supportive of sustainability. </p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19555 The Spirits of the Great Green Wall in Senegal 2022-01-07T21:30:45+00:00 Frédérique Louveau frederique.louveau@ugb.edu.sn <p>This article offers an ethnographic study of the involvement of a controversial modern Japanese religious movement, Sukyo Mahikari, within the state-led pan-African reforestation project known as the Great Green Wall. The author argues that the members’ environmental efforts against desertilcation and climate change bring together so-called ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ actors. She shows how the oflcial recognition of Sukyo Mahikari as a valuable partner of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal blurs the boundaries between the political, environmental, and religious spheres thanks to a ‘working misunderstanding’, an expression coined by Marshal Sahlins, thereby overcoming different framings in their relation to nature. This contribution examines the conditions that have facilitated the simultaneous secularization and spiritualization of ecology in the Senegalese context.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20630 Reimagining Religious Imagination, in Theory and in Practice 2022-01-07T21:30:33+00:00 Adrian Ivakhiv aivakhiv@uvm.edu <p>Jack Miles, Religion as We Know It: An Origin Story (New York: W.W. Norton &amp; Co., 2020). </p> <p>T.M. Luhrmann, How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020). </p> <p>David Morgan, Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). </p> <p>Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei, The Life of Imagination: Revealing and Making the World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018). </p> <p>Jeffrey J. Kripal, The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge (New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2019). </p> <p>Jeffrey J. Kripal, Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions (University of Chicago Press, 2017).</p> <p>Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20731 Emily C. Donaldson, Working with the Ancestors: Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands 2022-01-07T21:30:30+00:00 Kathleen C. Riley kcr58@anthroplogy.rutgers.edu <p>Emily C. Donaldson, Working with the Ancestors: Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019), 250 pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9780295745831.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20736 Shai Feraro and Ethan Doyle White (eds.), Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of ‘Triumph of the Moon’ 2022-01-07T21:30:18+00:00 Amy Hale amyhale93@gmail.com <p>Shai Feraro and Ethan Doyle White (eds.), Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of ‘Triumph of the Moon’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), xiii + 259 pp., $119.99 (hbk), ISBN: 9783030155490.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20734 Bernard T. Adeney-Risakotta, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam 2022-01-07T21:30:24+00:00 Fachruddin M. Mangunjaya fmangunjaya@civitas.unas.ac.id <p>Bernard T. Adeney-Risakotta, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam (Southeast Asia Studies, 66; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), xvii + 406 pp., ISBN: 9780985042974 (cloth), $39.00, ISBN: 9780985042967, $28.00 (pbk).</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20732 Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy (eds.), An Ecotopian Lexicon 2022-01-07T21:30:28+00:00 Naomi Jacobs naomi.jacobs@maine.edu <p>Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy (eds.), An Ecotopian Lexicon (Foreword by Kim Stanley Robinson; Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019), xvi + 327 pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9781517905903.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20735 Patrick Curry, Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life 2022-01-07T21:30:20+00:00 Haydn Washington h.washington@unsw.edu.au <p>Patrick Curry, Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1st edn, 2019), 152 pp., $35 (pbk), ISBN: 9781782506096.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20733 Brian G. Henning and Zack Walsh, Climate Change Ethics and the Nonhuman World 2022-01-07T21:30:26+00:00 Mark C.E. Peterson mcep@uwm.edu <p>Brian G. Henning and Zack Walsh, Climate Change Ethics and the Nonhuman World (New York: Routledge, 2020), 226 pp., $160 (hbk), ISBN: 9780367406103.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20747 Laura M Hartman (ed.), That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics 2022-01-07T21:30:13+00:00 Whitney A. Bauman wbauman@fiu.edu <p>Laura M Hartman (ed.), That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 328 pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9780100456030.</p> 2021-11-08T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd.