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Constructing from a consultation on deep ecology and international religions on the 1997 nationwide assembly of the yankee Academy of faith, this quantity provides 12 contributions by means of professors of philosophy, justice experiences, faith, theology, East Asian reports, and different fields. Contributions speak about deep ecology and its courting to indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Huayan Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Read more...

summary: constructing from a consultation on deep ecology and international religions on the 1997 nationwide assembly of the yank Academy of faith, this quantity offers 12 contributions through professors of philosophy, justice stories, faith, theology, East Asian reviews, and different fields. Contributions talk about deep ecology and its dating to indigenous traditions, Hinduism, Huayan Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Catholicism, Islam, Protestantism, ecofeminism, the bible, and Ken Wilber's critique of ecological spirituality. Annotation copyrighted by means of booklet information Inc., Portland, OR

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As the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty pointed out in response to Arthur Koestler’s critique of communist politics in Darkness at Noon, the violence is there already. qxd 11/14/00 3:24 PM Page 31 Spiritual Deep Ecology and World Religions 31 there will be violence, but what will we do about the violence that exists? And in the case of environmental violence, it is pervasive, ongoing, and involves us all. Just taking part in our society, even if we recycle and eat organic vegetables, inevitably leads us to be part of it.

However, what we might call “deep ecology—the concept” is as old as the worship of the Earth Goddess, as widespread as any seven-year-old girl’s fascination with frogs, as fundamental as the way any of us might have our breaths taken away by a brilliant tropical sunset or the startling clarity of a drab December landscape suddenly made white by the season’s first snow. “Deep Ecology—the concept” is a sense of reverence and sacredness, insight and inspiration, that is found in (to use David Abram’s felicitous phrase) the “more than human” world.

Grim facing the world. In many instances the insights of indigenous peoples have been taken for granted as environmentally sensitive, but those appreciative often show little understanding of the thought and practice of indigenous communities. Recently, indigenous scholars have objected to an overly facile identification of environmentalism and traditional native life. These moments of discord present opportunities to consider the difference and resistance that indigenous peoples present to dominant societies.

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