Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture https://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> en-US <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> amnichols@ucsb.edu (Amanda Nichols) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:02:01 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.11 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 David L. Haberman, Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18735 <p>David L. Haberman, Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), 328 pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN: 978190086725.</p> Michael S Allen Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18735 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 G.F. Wagenfuhr, Plundering Eden: A Subversive Christian Theology of Creation and Ecology https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18952 <p>G.F. Wagenfuhr, Plundering Eden: A Subversive Christian Theology of Creation and Ecology (Eugene, OR: Cascade Publications, 2020), 206 pp., $27.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9781532677427.</p> Susan Power Bratton Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18952 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 T.M. Luhrmann, How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19725 <p>T.M. Luhrmann, How God Becomes Real: Kindling the Presence of Invisible Others (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020), xv + 235pp., $29.95 (cloth), ISBN: 9780691164465.</p> Armin W Geertz Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19725 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Glenn A. Albrecht, Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18439 <p>Glenn A. Albrecht, Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press), 256pp., $19.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9781501715242.</p> M Gail Hamner Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18439 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Anna M. Gade, Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18909 <p>Anna M. Gade, Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), 324 pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9780231191050.</p> Amir Hussain Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18909 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Susan McHugh, Love in a Time of Slaughters: Human-Animal Stories Against Genocide and Extinction https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18580 <p>Susan McHugh, Love in a Time of Slaughters: Human-Animal Stories Against Genocide and Extinction (Philadelphia: Penn State University Press, 2019), 240pp., $32.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9780271083704.</p> Anat Pick Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18580 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Johan Elverskog, The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18420 <p>Johan Elverskog, The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020), xiii + 176pp., $55.00 (cloth), ISBN: 9780812251838.</p> Mario Poceski Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18420 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Kenneth W. Kemp, The War that Never Was: Evolution and Christian Theology https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/21750 <p>Kenneth W. Kemp, The War that Never Was: Evolution and Christian Theology (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020), 228pp., £21.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9781532694981.</p> Michael J Reiss Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/21750 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 John Clayton, Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18896 <p>John Clayton, Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands (New York: Pegasus Books, 2019), xxii + 276 pp., $27.95 (cloth), ISBN: 978-1643130804.</p> Mark Stoll Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18896 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster(eds.), When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18983 <p>Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster(eds.), When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (New York: W.W. Norton, 2020), xxix + 458 pp., $19.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780393356809.</p> Jace Weaver Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18983 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Introduction https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/23282 <p>.</p> Amanda M Nichols, Bron Taylor Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/23282 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 The Case for Animal Spirituality—Part 1 https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18801 <p>This is the first part of a two-part article that presents the theoretical and empirical case for nonhuman animal (hereafter, ‘animal’) spirituality. Part 1 discusses the relevance of evolutionary theory and species differences for understanding animals’ capacity to have spiritual experience, conceptual issues related to defining animal spirituality, and methodological considerations pertaining to the use of analogical reasoning and animalcentered anthropomorphism as heuristic strategies in the study of animal spirituality. Behavioral and ethological evidence bearing on the existence of awareness, perceptual experience, self-awareness, and meaning-making in the absence of human language in animals is presented. Part 2 examines evidence for six biopsychosocial capabilities in animals that are proposed building blocks of human spirituality—cognition, imagination, emotion, moral sense, personality, and value-life. Part 2 concludes with a discussion of the implications of animal spirituality for society’s treatment of animals, humanizing an inhumane human biocultural world, and advancing understanding of human spirituality.</p> Paul Cunningham Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18801 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 The Case for Animal Spirituality—Part 2 https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18802 <p>This is the second part of a two-part article presenting the theoretical and empirical case for nonhuman animal (hereafter, ‘animal’) spirituality. Part 1 discussed the relevance of evolutionary theory and species differences for understanding animals’ capacity to have spiritual experience, conceptual issues related to defining animal spirituality, and methodological considerations regarding analogical reasoning and animal-centered anthropomorphism as heuristic strategies in the study of animal spirituality. Issues related to the question of animal consciousness and the use of evolutionary panentheism as a philosophical/theological frame for theorizing about animal spirituality were discussed. Part 2 examines six biopsychosocial capabilities of animals that are building blocks of human spirituality—<br />cognition, imagination, emotion, moral sense, personality, and value-life (Maslow’s phrase)—and proposes an ontic pluralism of animal spiritualities. Part 2 concludes with a discussion of the wideranging implications for human society of consciously accepting the possibility of animal spirituality and capacity to have spiritual experience.</p> Paul Cunningham Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/18802 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Catholic Sisters and Cornfield Activism https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20043 <p>Since 2016, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an international order of Catholic women, have partnered with a grassroots movement called Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP) to resist construction of a $3B fracked-gas pipeline in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Together, the groups built an outdoor chapel blockade that became a locus of earth-honoring ceremonies and a pilgrimage site for eco-activists in the region. It also served as the focal point for a series of peaceful direct actions against pipe-line construction that resulted in twenty-nine arrests. The Adorers–LAP partnership is an important case study in a growing movement of faith-fueled environmental activism across the United States today. Specifically, it offers valuable lessons on the possibilities for creative grassroots cooperation across religious divides, the use of religious ritual as a tool of resistance, the experience of women who often lead these movements, and current trends in judicial responses to faith-inspired eco-activism.</p> Mark Clatterbuck Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20043 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 00:00:00 +0000