Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC <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> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 1749-4907 <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> Introduction http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20532 <p>.</p> Amanda Nichols Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 149 150 10.1558/jsrnc.20532 Pursuing Moral Dimensions of the Environment http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20682 <p>With growing economic activity and urbanization, environmental problems have become one of Iran’s most urgent challenges. Noticeably, the government has incorporated environmental measures into the country’s five-year plans for the last two decades and has since developed elaborate scientilc schemes accordingly to combat the problems. Nevertheless, serious environmental diflculties persist in every major city. Confronting these problems, the Iranian authorities began to call upon religious leaders for help and mobilized them to heighten citizens’ environmental awareness, especially from the viewpoint of Islam. The movements and debates by these religious leaders elucidate how they engage with the leld of environment, which had hitherto been principally delned and organized by modern science. A case study from Tehran exempliles distinct ways in which moral dimensions of the environment are unfolding through religious ethics, along with the schemes of modern science.</p> Satoshi Abe Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 151 176 10.1558/jsrnc.36397 Questioning Empathetic Responsiveness to Nonhuman Animal Vulnerability http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20538 <p>The author uses critical theorizations of empathy, compassion, and epistemology in order to draw out the limits of appeals to respond to nonhuman animal gazes in religious studies. Taking Aaron S. Gross’s and Donovan O. Schaefer’s recent works as exemplary, the author argues that empathetic postures towards vulnerability deny the potential violences of empathy and inadvertently reproduce the scholar as an ethical, conscious, and knowing subject. Instead, noninnocent framings of the relation of a scholar to her objects of study might allow religious studies to think more critically about the affective motivations of our desires to recognize the nonhuman animal and our epistemic limitations—especially in ways that do not presuppose the human/animal binary as a master binary whose collapse will entail the demise of racism, sexism, and colonialism.</p> Wendy Mallette Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 177 203 10.1558/jsrnc.42010 Spirituality in Forest Management http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20537 <p>International forest policies are increasingly recognizing spiritual values as criteria for sustainable forest management. However, knowledge on how spiritual values are articulated in practice is scarce. Because most evidence remains anecdotal, the study of spiritual values in forest management remains unsystematized and under-theorized. Research is complicated by the widely diverging interpretations of the concept of spirituality in relation to forests. Drawing upon Saler’s family resemblances approach (2000 [1993]) and the dimensions of religion posed by Smart (1996, 2002), a framework with seven dimensions is proposed. The framework structures spiritual phenomena relevant to forest management so that they can be studied systematically. It attempts to accommodate the various ontologies and epistemologies connected to spirituality in forest management. We discuss the pros and cons of the framework and make recommendations for its application in the analysis of forest management plans and practices. </p> Catharina de Pater Birgit Elands Bas Verschuuren Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 204 228 10.1558/jsrnc.41999 The Night Side of Nature http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20536 <p dir="ltr">The rise of the category of the paranormal in scholarship during the last decade calls for a historical genealogy of the term, if scholars are to continue to use it as both an analytic frame and an object of study. Such a genealogy shows that the paranormal derives from early modern and Renaissance environmental and cosmotheist beliefs and philosophies. Modern discourses of the paranormal are deeply coded forms of Renaissance cosmotheism and organicism, a coding accomplished through major intellectual stances on the category of ‘nature’ by lgures like Franz Mesmer, Friedrich W.J. Schelling, and Frederic W.H. Myers. The modern paranormal is an organic and ecological intellectual category of uncanny interrelation between subject and environment, and tracing its historical development demonstrates how organic environmental philosophies were shaped during and after the Enlightenment.</p> Timothy Grieve-Carlson Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 229 254 10.1558/jsrnc.41113 Mark I. Wallace, When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20539 <p>Mark I. Wallace, When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-Enchantment of the World (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019), 224 pp., $29.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9780823281312.</p> Mari Joerstad Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 255 256 10.1558/jsrnc.39320 Demian Wheeler and David E. Conner (eds.), Conceiving an Alternative: Philosophical Resources for an Ecological Civilization http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20540 <p>Demian Wheeler and David E. Conner (eds.), Conceiving an Alternative: Philosophical Resources for an Ecological Civilization (Anoka: Process Century Press, 2019), 313 pp., $18.00 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1940447407.</p> Kevin Schilbrack Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 257 259 10.1558/jsrnc.39683 Trevor Bechtel, Matthew Eaton, and Timothy Harvie (eds.), Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically with a More-Than-Human World http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20541 <p>Trevor Bechtel, Matthew Eaton, and Timothy Harvie (eds.), Encountering Earth: Thinking Theologically with a More-Than-Human World (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2018), xxii + 254 pp., $33 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1-49829784-4.</p> Paul Waldau Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 260 261 10.1558/jsrnc.39710 Robert C. Bishop, Larry L. Funck, Raymond J. Lewis, Stephen O. Moshier, and John H. Walton, Understanding Scientilc Theories of Origins: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian Perspective http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20542 <p>Robert C. Bishop, Larry L. Funck, Raymond J. Lewis, Stephen O. Moshier, and John H. Walton, Understanding Scientilc Theories of Origins: Cosmology, Geology, and Biology in Christian Perspective (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2018), xxiv + 659pp., $75.00 (hbk), ISBN: 978-0-8308-5291-8.</p> Michael Ruse Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 262 264 10.1558/jsrnc.39799 Dina Gilio-Whitaker, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock & Nick Estes, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20543 <p>Dina Gilio-Whitaker, As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock (Boston: Beacon Press, 2019), 212 pp., $25.95 (hbk), ISBN: 9780807073780. </p> <p>Nick Estes, Our History is the Future: Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance (London and New York: Verso, 2019), 310 pp., $26.95 (hbk), ISBN: 9781786636737.</p> Greg Johnson Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 265 269 10.1558/jsrnc.39921 James S. Mastaler, Woven Together: Faith and Justice for the Earth and the Poor http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20545 <p>James S. Mastaler, Woven Together: Faith and Justice for the Earth and the Poor (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019), 148pp., $22.00 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1532661679.</p> Sarah Werner Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 270 271 10.1558/jsrnc.40062 Brett Malcolm Grainger, Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20546 <p>Brett Malcolm Grainger, Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019), 280 pp., $45 (hbk).</p> John Gatta Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 272 274 10.1558/jsrnc.40092 Emma Frances Bloomleld, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20548 <p>Emma Frances Bloomleld, Communication Strategies for Engaging Climate Skeptics: Religion and the Environment (London and New York: Routledge, 2019), 182 pp., $140 (hbk), ISBN: 978-1-138-58593-5.</p> Barry J. Lyons Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 275 277 10.1558/jsrnc.40159 Francesca Ferrando, Philosophical Posthumanism http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20549 <p>Francesca Ferrando, Philosophical Posthumanism (London et al.: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), 296pp., $103.50 (pbk), ISBN: 978-1-3500-5950-4.</p> Çağdaş Dedeoğlu Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2021-08-06 2021-08-06 15 2 278 280 10.1558/jsrnc.40235