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The encyclopedia of religion and nature /
Bron R. Taylor, editor-in-chief ... [et al.]
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London : Thoemmes Continuum, 2005.
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2 v. (xliv, 1877 p.) : 26 cm.
ISBN
1843711389 (2 v.)
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London : Thoemmes Continuum, 2005.
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1843711389 (2 v.)
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5413553
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxiii]-xxvi) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-11-01:
The ambition, scope, and caliber of this set establish it immediately as a crucial resource for study in the field. It offers nearly 1,000 entries from more than 500 contributors. Yet what is at least equally valuable here is the exceptional effort that was made to incorporate perspectives from as many countries and cultures as possible, and the thoughtful adoption of alternate entry formats for subjects requiring longer (or otherwise nonstandard) treatment. Examples include an eight-part essay of more than 50 pages on Christianity; four pages each on the Islamic basis for environmental protection and the Sierra Club; and two pages on Buckminster Fuller. Bibliographies (both general and article-specific), cross-references, and indexes are generous. This work serves as a model in several ways. Although it takes a general area of study that at first glance might not appear to be of broad interest, it is certain to draw new readers in through its sheer usability and richness of content. Furthermore, its thoughtful design accommodates scholars with either a cursory interest in a particular subject or a more expansive one. In these and other ways, this work offers considerably more than meets the eye. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. D. R. Stewart Luther Seminary
Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-08-01:
The study of religion and the environment has been variously referred to as ecotheology, cultural ecology, ecological anthropology, or religious environmentalism. Call it what you will, this interdisciplinary field now has an outstanding encyclopedia that impressively reflects the breadth and depth of its global subject matter. Chief editor Taylor (religion & nature, Univ. of Florida) has assembled 518 international and multicultural contributors to produce more than 1000 entries that range widely and thoughtfully over the intersection of human cultures, spiritual beliefs, and ecological concerns. The great majority of entries are scholarly, peer-reviewed pieces, often written by highly distinguished leaders in the field, that cover people, places, and organizations as well as concepts. A significantly smaller number are identified as Scholarly Perspective or Practitioner entries. In Scholarly Perspective entries, prominent writers offer personal reflections on diverse topics (e.g., "Abortion," "The Sacred and the Modern World"); Practitioner entries are reflections by people actively engaged in a particular ecospiritual activity ("Depth Ecology," "What Would Jesus Drive?"). Together, these types of entries give this work a sense of intimacy and nuance important in a field with both scholarly and personal dimensions. Extensive cross-referencing allows the reader to pursue particular threads in great depth. Bottom Line On the study of ecotheology, other existing encyclopedias of religion or ecology cannot substitute for this excellent title, the first of its kind. It will no doubt remain an essential reference source on the subject for many years to come. Highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries.-Nadine Cohen-Baker, Student Learning Ctr., Univ. of Georgia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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"This is a remarkable Encyclopedia that explores our spiritual connections to nature in countless ways, and describes our ever more urgent efforts to create a more compassionate and environmentally sustainable world. It tackles the tough questions: will the emergent "greening" of religion, and our efforts to leave ever lighter ecological footprints in our daily lives, spread rapidly enough around the globe to halt our heedless destruction of nature and heal some of the scars we have inflicted, before it is too late? Many of the contributions reflect my conviction that there is, indeed, reason for hope. The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature is a scholarly and critical resource for anyone who cares about the future of planet Earth, and wonders how we might more effectively work together to save our beautiful world for future generations." Jane Goodall Ph.D., DBE Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace www.janegoodall.org
"The ambition, scope, and caliber of this set establish it immediately as a crucial resource for study in the field...it is certain to draw new readers in through its sheer usability and richness of content. Furthermore, its thoughtful design accommodates scholars with either a cursory interest in a particular subject or a more expansive one. In these and other ways, this work offers considerably more than meets the eye. Summing up: Highly recommended." CHOICE, November 2005
"The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature covers the entire field with, well, encyclopedic scope. Comprising two very large volumes, 1.5 million words...it is a breathtakingly valuable, truly multicultural reference work, indispensable for libraries, religious institutions, and environmental organizations. In it you will find nearly one thousand detailed, scholarly, and surprisingly well written essays on everything from 'Abbey, Edward' (one of America's premier fiction and nonfiction radical environment writers) to 'Zulu Culture.' The ERN's editors have cast a very wide net, interpreting 'nature' to include all aspects of contemporary environmentalism and ecology and 'religion' to encompass a wide variety of moral, political, social, aesthetic, and traditional perspectives." - Tikkun, September / October 2004
"a breathtakingly valuable, truly multicultural reference work, indispensable for libraries, religious institutions, and environmental organizations." Roger Gottileb, Tikkuun
"Breath-takingly valuable, truly multicultural reference work, indispensable for libraries, religious institutions, and environmental organizations" - Roger S. Gottlieb, A Closer Look, 2004
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-Mention. Theology Digest/ Vol.52 No. 3/ Fall 2005
"On the study of ecotheology, other existing encyclopedias of religion or ecology cannot substitute for this excellent title, the first of its kind. It will no doubt remain an essential reference source on the subject for many years to come. Highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries." -Library Journal (starred review)
"The ambition, scope, and caliber of this set establish it immediately as a crucial resource for study in the field...it is certain to draw new readers in through its sheer usability and richness of content. Furthermore, its thoughtful design accommodates scholars with either a cursory interest in a particular subject or a more expansive one. In these and other ways, this work offers considerably more than meets the eye. Summing up: Highly recommended." -- CHOICE, November 2005
"This is the first Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Its publication, therefore, is in itself a truly significant event. While there have always been those )Philosophers, religionists and others) who have explored the relationship of religion and nature, Bron Taylor, consulting editor Jeffrey Kaplan, and executive editors Laura Hobgood-Oster, Adrian Ivakhiv and Michael York, as well as the many associate and assistant editors, have created an historic complilation of a field. It is historic because it documents a new field of study; this is an exploration of religion and nature but in the light of the ecological crisis as it came more vividly into human consciousness in the mid-twentieth century... The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature is an excellent contribution to the field of religion nature. It covers the quirky and the serious, presents movements, ideas, scholars and activities from virtually every continent and many culture, and, in many cases, brings history forward to meet the ecological crisis... The Encyclopedia is an extremely helpful took for beginners as it is quite accessible to undergraduates and the generally educated. With its specialized topics, broad scope, bibliographies on many topics, and special features it is useful for more advanced scholars as well."- Anne Marie Dalton and Nancie Erhard, Ecotheology 11.2 (2006)
"This work definitely invites browsing." -International Review of Biblical Studies, 2007
"To say that this is an indispensible reference work is an understatement... Superbly edited and carefully crafted, the ERN is essential." - American Reference Books Annual
"To say that this is an indispensible reference work is an understatement... Superbly edited and carefully crafted, the ERN is essential." -American Reference Books Annual
Winner of The RUSA Best Reference Source.
"The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature is a significant contribution to a new field of study in religion and ecology. The impressive range of articles clearly reminds us of the importance of collaborative scholarship. We are indebted to Taylor and Kaplan for their remarkable achievement in overseeing this work." - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Department of Religion, Bucknell University
"This encyclopedia will become the essential reference in the critical important dialogue between religious faiths and environmental concern. Quite impressive in scope1,000 entries by over 500 authorities, both scholars and activistsit is especially commendable for bridging religious conviction to environmental ethics, science, and policy, across local, regional, and global levels." - Holmes Rolston, III, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy, Colorado State University, USA
"...The ERN is intended to assess, analyse, characterise, and promote the major debates, events, figures, groups, theories, and traditions, concerned with religion and nature, enlightening the wider (academic) public to them, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and promoting further research...In this it succeeds. It is an intensive academic work, diverse and deep. Yet it is also eminently readable and very enlightening. Each article may stand on its own as a valuable essay, but taken together, the articles provide a comprehensive examination and introduction to the themes that will stand for years to come...the ERN is an outstanding piece of work, very ambitious, meticulously researched, hugely detailed, very comprehensive, and highly informative and important. It will make an outstanding and valuable tool for anyone interested or working in anthropology, philosophy or sociology of religion, religious or environmental studies. I thoroughly recommend it." Tony Watling, Journal of Contemporary Religion
"If ever there was a reference work that belongs in the personal libraries of scholars of religion, this one is it...given the extraordinary richness of its diverse and often unanticipated entries, and the urgency of the ecological issues that many of them address, this collection of well-written and often engrossing essays should be kept readily at hand for frequent and sustained browsing. Taylor has established a website in conjunction with this project, www.religionandnature.com, which is intended to provide information about various events and organizations ” including the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, which was founded in September, 2006 ” and to promote teaching and research in the area of religion and nature...We may hope that these resources will draw more social scientists into the field of religion and nature. Short of that, the encyclopaedia could by itself do much to extend their understanding of what religion and spirituality may be thought to be ” yet another reason to keep these remarkable volumes close at hand." David Wulff, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
"This massive undertaking documents the impressive groundswell of connection between environmentalism and religion, and lays clear the future possibilities. As one scientist after another has made clear, a habitable planet depends on this collaboration bearing fruit so bravo for this essential document!" - Bill McKibben Visiting Scholar in Environmental Studies Middlebury College, and Author of The End of Nature
"This work definitely invites browsing." - International Review of Biblical Studies, 2007
"The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature is a major collection of the spiritual wisdom that has contributed to the study of the environment." - The Muslim World Book Review
Choice Outstanding Academic Title.
"Every reader has his or her own interests and will find something of great value here. Student essays ought to be greatly improved not only by the wealth of data provided, but also by the different examples set in "how to write academically". More advanced scholarship will find not only a ready reference on myriad topics but also provocation of new thoughts, arguments and research. Great foundations are laid here for all kinds of scholarship. Religiously and environmentally motivated people will also find inspiration here for further thought and engagement." - Graham Harvey in Worldviews 11
"This is, by any scholarly standards, a ground-breaking and awe-inspiring piece of work a ecological summa theologica for our times..." - Alastair McIntosh, Ecos: Journal of the British Association of Nature Conservationists
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Summaries
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, originally published in 2005, is a landmark work in the burgeoning field of religion and nature. It covers a vast and interdisciplinary range of material, from thinkers to religious traditions and beyond, with clarity and style. Widely praised by reviewers and the recipient of two reference work awards since its publication (see www.religionandnature.com/ern), this new, more affordable version is a must-have book for anyone interested in the manifold and fascinating links between religion and nature, in all their many senses.
Main Description
An essential and indispensable reference work, covering the fascinating relationship between religion and nature.
Main Description
In the new millennium, as environmental alarm has escalated, so has interest and concern about the role of religion in nature. Much of the thinking has involved a hope for a 'greening' of religion ? i.e. that religion might promote environmentally protective action. Many believe that this 'greening' of religion is a prerequisite for solving the world's social and environmental problems. Curiosity regarding the relationships between human culture, religion and the wider natural world, however, goes beyond such curiosity. The ERN represents an intensive effort to broaden the inquiry and asks the fundamental question: What are the relationships between Homo sapiens, their diverse religions, and the earth's living systems?The answers are difficult and complex, intertwined with and complicated by a host of social, environmental, and religious variables. The goal of the ERN is to explore this question in a way that illuminates these relationships without engaging in wishful thinking.
Long Description
The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, originally published in 2005, is a landmark work in the burgeoning field of religion and nature. It covers a vast and interdisciplinary range of material, from thinkers to religious traditions and beyond, with clarity and style. Widely praised by reviewers and the recipient of two reference work awards since its publication (see www.religionandnature.com/ern), this new, more affordable version is a must-have book for anyone interested in the manifold and fascinating links between religion and nature, in all their many senses. >
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Two volumes of A-Z entries.
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