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A greener faith : religious environmentalism and our planet's future

Author: Roger S Gottlieb
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2006.
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In a time of darkening environmental prospects, frightening religious fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the remarkable and historically unprecedented rise of religious environmentalism is a profound source of hope. Theologians are recovering nature-honoring elements of traditional religions and forging bold new theologies connecting devotion to God and spiritual truth with love for God's creation and care for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Gottlieb, Roger S.
Greener faith.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005023084
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger S Gottlieb
ISBN: 9780199731138 0199731136
OCLC Number: 649900837
Description: 1 online resource (x, 288 pages)
Contents: Religion and the human meaning of environmental crisis --
Religion, nature, environment --
Religious environmentalism and secular society --
Sustainable religion --
Religious environmentalism in action --
Environmentalism as spirituality --
Opening the heart : the ritual life of religious environmentalism --
Five faces of religious environmentalism --
Obstacles, prospects, hope.
Responsibility: Roger S. Gottlieb.
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