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Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature 1st Edition

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"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


"Breath-takingly valuable, truly multicultural reference work, indispensable for libraries, religious institutions, and environmental organizations" - Roger S. Gottlieb, A Closer Look, 2004 (Organ Australia)

"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 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


"This encyclopedia will become the essential reference in the critical important dialogue between religious faiths and environmental concern. Quite impressive in scope—1,000 entries by over 500 authorities, both scholars and activists—it 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 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
(Mary Evelyn Tucker)

"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 (CHOICE)

"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) (Library Journal)

"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 (American Reference Books Annual)

Mention —Book News, November 2008

"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 (International Review Of Biblical Studies)

-Mention. Theology Digest/ Vol.52 No. 3/ Fall 2005 (Theology Digest)

Winner of The RUSA Best Reference Source.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title.


"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


"...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
(Leiden University, the Netherlands)

"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


"a breathtakingly valuable, truly multicultural reference work, indispensable for libraries, religious institutions, and environmental organizations."
Roger Gottileb, Tikkuun


"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" - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University


"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


"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 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 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


"This encyclopedia will become the essential reference in the critical important dialogue between religious faiths and environmental concern. Quite impressive in scope–1,000 entries by over 500 authorities, both scholars and activists–it 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 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
(Sanford Lakoff)

“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 (CHOICE)

Mention –Book News, November 2008

"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)



-Mention. Theology Digest/ Vol.52 No. 3/ Fall 2005 (Sanford Lakoff)

"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


"…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
(Sanford Lakoff)

"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

About the Author

Bron Taylor is President of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, and editor of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Since his appointment as the Samuel S. Hill Ethics Professor at the University of Florida in 2002, he has helped develop the world's first graduate program focusing on Religion and Nature. His projects and research are featured at www.religionandnature.com and www.brontaylor.com.

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  • Hardcover: 992 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843711389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843711384
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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If you've ever wondered whether religion promotes or hinders environmental concern and action, or whether environments shape religion, or why in recent decades there has been such a fuss about such questions, you'll have difficulty putting down this remarkable encyclopedia. This work is global in scope, both geographically and chronologically, with 1000 entries, covering nearly every imaginable subject. It is a must-have resource for all College and University Libraries, and many environmental studies programs, and departments and scholars that attend to religion, culture, and the environment will want to have a copy of their own. But it written accessibly and would be a valuable resource for community and high school libraries, churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions, as well. But don't take my word for it. The introduction, sample entries, and entry and contributor lists, are provided at [...] will make it easy to judge for yourself the value of this monumental work.
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This is not your standard "what does religion X think about the natural world and humans" kind of book. After the Introduction, the Reader's Guide suggests reading these five entries first: Environmental Ethics, Religious Studies and Environmental Concern, Ecology and Religion, Ecological Anthropology, and Social Science on Religion and Nature. I think that gives a good idea of the focus of the work. Individual entries run from Edward Abbey to Zulu War Rituals, with most including cross-references and additional reading lists.

Despite some reservations, I absolutely delight in reading these volumes and look forward to years of enjoyment from them and from other works they lead me to. I write this despite being an atheist, but one who believes that if anything could right our relationship with the world we live it, it would be a change in attitude not science or new technology.

My biggest problem is the physical size and weight of the two volumes. They'd be great on a library's reference shelf, but they're tough on the forearms in a chair or the chest when reading in bed, and aren't something you'd want to cart around to read on your commute. Every entry I've tried so far has been very readable, some even literary and poetic. As an individual, I wish this came in a more usable set of more volumes with fewer pages.

There are some topics which would seem very appropriate entry subjects which aren't covered such as biotechnology, cloning, and energy issues especially nuclear power. Perhaps they're mentioned in broader topics but they don't have their own entries.

The entries I've read on individuals are written by supporters.
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This was exactly what I was looking for! One collection of all the major religions and their take on Nature. The information is clear and substantive. We're seeing religions grappling with their roles in the present global warming issue, and some are willing to change themselves, not just emphasize nature, towards this end. In order to know how they're evolving, it's important to know how they traditionally dealt with the topic of nature in the first place. This is an excellent book for students of religion and ecology, two areas that have been separated way too often and for too long.
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Anyone with a slight interest in Anthropology of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Philosophy of Religion or just religion will find these two volumes worth every single penny.
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This is an excitingly different take on an encyclopaedia of religion. It has some notable omissions (Satish Kumar, Schumacher College go under the radar for instance). However, it ends up being a collection of essays from the fringe of religious studies, an important fringe with something to say, and it is one now pick lodged in the cliff that needs to be climbed. Very interesting and good value for money.
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