Religious Environmentalism

What it is, Where it’s Heading and Why We Should be Going in the Same Direction

Authors

  • Roger S. Gottlieb

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v1i1.81

Keywords:

religion, nature, culture

Abstract

My topic is the important and unprecedented phenomenon of religious environmentalism. In its most compressed form my message is simple: religious environmentalism is good for environmentalism, good for religion, and good for the earth community. I will also hazard a few thoughts on the role scholars can play in this movement.

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Published

2007-04-20

How to Cite

Gottlieb, R. S. (2007). Religious Environmentalism: What it is, Where it’s Heading and Why We Should be Going in the Same Direction. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 1(1), 81–91. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsrnc.v1i1.81

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