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Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, 1
The Spirit of Sustainability
For the past half century, religious leaders, scholars, and activists—including the Pope, the Greek Patriarch, the Forum on Religion and Ecology, and the Evangelical Environmental Network—have begun to acknowledge that religious traditions and practices have developed within the context of a wider planetary or natural community. This area of reflection is variously known as "religion and ecology," or "religion and nature", or "religion and the environment." In The Spirit of Sustainability, religion and other scholars assess the key ways in which religious ideas, beliefs, and practices have both promoted sustainability and served as roadblocks. Coverage ranges from religious vegetarianism to understandings of the Earth as Gaia, from the Lynn White Thesis to the field of "science and religion." The volume offers readers a wide variety of ways to look at "the spirit of sustainability." At the end of each entry readers will find suggestions for further study.The Spirit of Sustainability maps out the “values” territory of sustainability, helping readers understand the moral worlds, axial concepts, social practices, and major topics related to sustainability. Through a collaboration with the Forum on Religion and Ecology (FORE), an established network of leading scholars examine key concepts for understanding and implementing the values and practices of sustainability. Coverage ranges widely, from the promise and problems of global and indigenous religions to major theories in philosophy and environmental ethics, and then to professional practices and social movements. As a whole, the volume describes the various goals of sustainability—ecological integrity, economic health, human dignity, fairness to the future, social justice—as well as interpretive frameworks for reasoning through their combined challenge.
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