By Roger S. Gottlieb
In a time of darkening environmental customers, scary spiritual fundamentalism, and moribund liberalism, the striking and traditionally extraordinary upward push of spiritual environmentalism is a profound resource of wish. Theologians are convalescing nature-honoring components of conventional religions and forging daring new theologies connecting devotion to God and religious fact with love for God's construction and take care of the Earth. and spiritual humans in the course of the global are reworking the which means in their faiths within the face of the environmental trouble. The successes and importance ofreligious environmentalism are happen in statements by means of leaders of almost the entire world's religions, in new and "green" prayers and rituals, and in subtle criticisms of contemporary society's financial system, politics, and tradition. From the Evangelical Environmental community to the Buddhist best minister of Mongolia, the nationwide Council of church buildings to tree-planting campaigns in Zimbabwe, non secular environmentalism has develop into a strong section of the area environmental circulation.
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The winged and ﬁnned people? Are they not also integral to the love of the Creator? —Matthew Fox, “How the Environment Can Assist Us to Deconstruct and Reconstruct Theology and Religion,” Friends of Creation Spirituality I don’t think God is going to ask us how he created the earth, but he will ask us what we did with what he created. —Reverend Rich Cizik, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, New York Times, March 10, 2005 Like the rise of natural science or the terrors of the Holocaust, the environmental crisis requires a profound shift in religion’s understanding of human existence.
The driving idea behind this is that all aspects of life must be ordered according to God’s will, the intake of food no less than prayer, family, and social relationships. What Green and Waskow have done is extend this concept to environmental matters. Waskow asks, “Is it ‘kosher’ to drive an SUV? What would happen if our rabbis said in sermons that an SUV is no more kosher than a ham sandwich, and a lot more destructive to the earth and humankind? ”62 Art Green has suggested that vegetarianism may be a “kashrut for our age,” for which there are reasons “just as compelling .
Ecotheology offers an enormous range of answers to this question, reﬂecting a breathtaking diversity of traditional viewpoints and contemporary responses. What is shared by virtually all these approaches is a commitment to take nature seriously in at least two basic ways. First, nature has, in and of itself, value. Second, one reason it has value is that nature is closer to us, more like us, more connected to us, than we have realized or admitted. Because of its centrality to Western history, I will begin to explain these general claims by focusing on the Bible, perhaps the single most important text that needs to be reinterpreted in light of ecological problems.
A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future by Roger S. Gottlieb