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
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.
Such books and articles may be published frequently.
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Contents

Scientific and Spiritual Perspectives of Nature
9
and Humanity
15
Spiritual and Religious Perspectives of Creation
29
Values Ethics and Spiritual and Scientific
49
The Interaction
65
Good Thing
91
Religious Meanings for Nature
103
Linking Geology
113
A Rising Tide for Ethics
175
An Oxymoron?
183
The Idea of a Local Economy
199
From the Perspective of the Storyteller
213
The Mappist
231
Notes
243
About the Contributors
261
Index
267

Linking Spiritual and Scientific Perspectives with
137
Climbing Mountains
161

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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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