From Biophilia to Cosmophilia

The Role of Biological and Physical Sciences in Promoting Sustainability


  • Lucas F. Johnston University of Florida



sustainability, science and religion, quantum entanglement


Ideas from the life sciences and the physical sciences, particularly the ideas that ecosystems, the planet itself, and eventhecosmosareinterconnectedand ‘organismic’, have influenced the development of sustainability discourse.Sustainability advocates strategically deploy such scientific concepts through subtly spiritualized language and metaphors to advance their arguments. Even when the language of sustainability advocacy is not explicitly religious, it reflects core values and deep beliefs of particular individuals, communities, or groups. In such cases, sustainability movements derive their power by following a neo-religious narrative, and when deployed in the public sphere, such narratives are performing religious work.

Author Biography

Lucas F. Johnston, University of Florida

Lucas Johnston is currently finishing his dissertation project, an analysis of the evolution of values in sustainability discourse focusing on non-governmental organizations and sustainability advocates who strategically deploy subtly spiritualized concepts, language and metaphors to advance their arguments.


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How to Cite

Johnston, L. F. (2010). From Biophilia to Cosmophilia: The Role of Biological and Physical Sciences in Promoting Sustainability. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 4(1), 7–23.