Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology

1st Edition

Edited By Willis J. Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim

Copyright Year 2017

ISBN 9781138789579 Published August 3, 2016 by Routledge 462 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

Book Description

The moral values and interpretive systems of religions are crucially involved in how people imagine the challenges of sustainability and how societies mobilize to enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being.

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of the field. It encourages both appreciative and critical angles regarding religious traditions, communities, attitude, and practices. It presents contrasting ways of thinking about “religion” and about “ecology” and about ways of connecting the two terms. Written by a team of leading international experts, the Handbook discusses dynamics of change within religious traditions as well as their roles in responding to global challenges such as climate change, water, conservation, food and population. It explores the interpretations of indigenous traditions regarding modern environmental problems drawing on such concepts as lifeway and indigenous knowledge. This volume uniquely intersects the field of religion and ecology with new directions within the humanities and the sciences.

This interdisciplinary volume is an essential reference for scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities and for all those looking to understand the significance of religion in environmental studies and policy.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introducing Religion and Ecology

1. The Movement of Religion and Ecology: Emerging Field and Dynamic Force Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

2. New Developments in the Field Sigurd Bergmann

3. Whose Religion? Which Ecology? Willis Jenkins

Part 2 Global Traditions Introduction: Mary Evelyn Tucker

4. Hinduism David Haberman

5. Buddhism Christopher Ives

6. Confucianism Yong Huang

7. Judaism Hava Tirosh Samuelson

8. Christianity Ernst Conradie

9. Islam Zainal Bagir and Najiyah Martiam

10. Bahai Peter Adriance and Arthur Dahl

11. Mormonism George Handley

Part 3 Indigenous Cosmovisions Introduction: John Grim

12. Africa Jesse Mugambi

13. Asia Dan Smyer Yu

14. Pacific Region Manuka Henare

15. North America Melissa Nelson

16. Arctic Frederic Laugrand

17. Latin America Miguel Angel Astor-Aguilera

Part 4 Regional LandscapesIntroduction: Willis Jenkins

18. India Christopher Key Chapple

19. China James Miller

20. Latin America Anna Peterson

21. African Diaspora Melanie Harris

Part 5 Nature Spiritualities

Introduction: John Grim

22. Paganism and Animism Graham Harvey

23. Spiritual Ecology and Radical Environmentalism Leslie Sponsel

24. Nature Writing and Nature Mysticism Douglas Christie

Part 6 Planetary Challenges

Introduction: Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia

25. Climate Change Mike Hulme

26. Biodiversity Thomas Lovejoy

27. Oceans Carl Safina and Patricia Paladines

28. Conservation and Restoration Gretel van Wieren

29. Food and Agriculture Whitney Sanford

30. Water Christiana Peppard

31. Animals Paul Waldau

32. Population Robert Wyman and Guigui Yao

33. Consumption Laura Hartman

34. Gender Injustice Heather Eaton

35 Environmental Justice David Pellow and Pengfei Guo

Part 7 Disciplinary Intersections Introduction: Mary Evelyn Tucker

Environmental Humanities

36. History Donald Worster

37. Literature Scott Slovic

38. Philosophy Baird Callicott

39. Art Subhankar Banerjee

Environmental Sciences

40. Policy Maria Ivanova

41. Law John Nagle

42. Economics Richard Norgaard with Jessica Goddard and Jalel Sager

43. Ecology Nalini NadkarniVIEW LESS



Willis J. Jenkins is Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment, University of Virginia, USA.

Mary Evelyn Tucker
 and John Grim are Directors and Founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology 1998 to present, as well as Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and at the Divinity School, Yale University, USA.