By Bron Taylor
"In this paintings, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North the USA and past: religious practices that carry nature as sacred and feature in lots of circumstances changed conventional religions. Tracing quite a lot of teams - radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers keen on "ecopsychology," and teams that carry clinical narratives as sacred - Taylor addresses a imperative theoretical query: How can environmentally orientated, spiritually encouraged contributors and pursuits be understood as spiritual while a lot of them reject spiritual and supernatural worldviews?" "The "dark" of the name extra expands this concept by way of emphasizing the intensity of believers' ardour and in addition suggesting a possible shadow facet: in addition to uplifting and encouraging, such faith may perhaps misinform, lie to, or every now and then precipitate violence. This ebook presents a world journey of the fairway spiritual phenomenon, allowing readers to judge its all over the world emergence and to evaluate its position in a severely vital spiritual revolution."--Jacket. Read more...
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Counterculture and environmentalist milieu. This was in part because he was offering something innovative, both in terms of spirituality and politics, to a culture that was alienated from nature and anxious for a political alternative to an impersonal and technocratic nationstate. Snyder also proved adept at integrating ideas with tropes that would resonate with many Americans. 9 Yet he maintained a Buddhist identity and contended in discussions with deep ecology proponents that Zen Buddhism expressed deep ecological ethics with unsurpassed philosophical sophistication.
According to the historian Donald Worster, this kind of felt kinship, and the biocentric ethics that tends to accompany it, can be grounded in evolutionary theory. ”18 Darwin clearly believed that a kinship ethic can be deduced from knowledge of our common ancestor and awareness that other animals DARK GREEN RELIGION 23 suffer and face challenges, as do we. This kind of conjecture represents an empathetic form of analogical reasoning as well as an act of moral imagination—this is typical of those engaged in Naturalistic Animism.
60 Because many who encountered the theory took it in an overtly religious direction (some concluded that Gaia theory vindicated pantheistic or panentheistic beliefs), Lovelock emphasized that for him Gaia is a metaphor, not a sentient god. ” Such statements indicate that Lovelock unambiguously represents what I am calling Gaian Naturalism, for he wishes to ensure that everyone understands that his epistemology and worldview is scientific. While concerned that religious interest in his theory might hinder understanding and further exploration of his hypothesis, Lovelock nevertheless grew to appreciate the impulse to consider the Gaian system in religious terms.
Dark green religion : nature spirituality and the planetary future by Bron Taylor