The Good in Nature and Humanity: Connecting Science, Religion, and Spirituality with the Natural World

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Stephen R. Kellert, Timothy J. Farnham, Timothy Farnham
Island Press, 2002 - Nature - 278 pages
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Scientists, theologians, and the spiritually inclined, as well as all those concerned with humanity's increasingly widespread environmental impact, are beginning to recognize that our ongoing abuse of the earth diminishes our moral as well as our material condition. Many people are coming to believe that strengthening the bonds among spirituality, science, and the natural world offers an important key to addressing the pervasive environmental problems we face.The Good in Nature and Humanity brings together 20 leading thinkers and writers -- including Ursula Goodenough, Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan, Carl Safina, David Petersen, Wendell Berry, Terry Tempest Williams, and Barry Lopez -- to examine the divide between faith and reason, and to seek a means for developing an environmental ethic that will help us confront two of our most imperiling crises: global environmental destruction and an impoverished spirituality. The book explores the ways in which science, spirit, and religion can guide the experience and understanding of our ongoing relationship with the natural world and examines how the integration of science and spirituality can equip us to make wiser choices in using and managing the natural environment. The book also provides compelling stories that offer a narrative understanding of the relations among science, spirit, and nature.Grounded in the premise that neither science nor religion can by itself resolve the prevailing malaise of environmental and moral decline, contributors seek viable approaches to averting environmental catastrophe and, more positively, to achieving a more harmonious relationship with the natural world. By bridging the gap between the rational and the religious through the concern of each for understanding the human relation to creation, The Good in Nature and Humanity offers an important means for pursuing the quest for a more secure and meaningful world.

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Religion, science, spirituality, society and technology (RSSST) are interconnected and have symbiotic relation. Book on "RSSST" will be very useful for everybody. The present book has great impact on the growth and development of society.
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Scientific and Spiritual Perspectives of Nature
and Humanity
Spiritual and Religious Perspectives of Creation
Values Ethics and Spiritual and Scientific
The Interaction
Good Thing
Religious Meanings for Nature
Linking Geology
A Rising Tide for Ethics
An Oxymoron?
The Idea of a Local Economy
From the Perspective of the Storyteller
The Mappist
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About the author (2002)

Stephen R. Kellert is the Tweedy Ordway Professor of Social Ecology at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, author of Kinship to Mastery (Island Press, 1997) and The Value of Life (Island Press, 1996), and coeditor, with Edward O. Wilson, of The Biophilia Hypothesis (Island Press, 1993).

Timothy J. Farnham is a doctoral candidate at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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