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The Lost Gospel of the Earth: A Call for Renewing Nature, Spirit and Politics: Revised and Updated Paperback – October 1, 2006
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He wrote in the Preface to this 1996 book, "I have killed many salmon in my time. I have caught them in many rivers, fought them, bludgeoned them, gutted and mounted them as trophies on my wall. For sport, for pleasure, for dominance. For the assertion of power over wild nature. I was not raised to have spiritual regard for lower orders of life. I have changed now ... And still the salmon swim in their tank, awaiting our response. What will we tell our children when they die? What will we tell God when we pray? To find answers to these questions, I have written this book."
Here are some additional quotations from the book:
"Over the centuries, we have been offered three spiritual perspectives toward saving ... the natural world as a whole. 'Lords of the Universe.' In this view, we have the God-given right to treat salmon as disposable and, if necessary, to exterminate them in order to extract the maximum beneficial use out of nature... 'Stewards of Nature.' These ... believe that ... nature can be molded to multiple benefits, rather than destroyed... 'Kinship With Nature.' ... a spiritual sense that the earth's creative processes... deserve our reverence." (Pg. xxi-xxii)
"Only when we believe the sacred is present in the living earth will we revere our world again." (Pg. 5)
"And so the battle lines for a new religious debate over nature are being drawn. The Christian Right must be considered the most aggressive and best organized foe. The mainstream denominations are more torpid and distracted by other priorities." (Pg. 71)
"It is the same with the lost gospel. It is there like a koan. We cannot prove with our minds that the earth is alive, or that a sacredness inhabits it. Nor can our selfish egos accept a kinship dependency on nature." (Pg. 182)
"The lost gospel is LOST, after all, not because it was misplaced, but because its vision and visionaries perished and were suppressed." (Pg. 229)
"The lost gospel is an important spiritual anchor against the tendencies to expediency and compromise. As a state senator, I am constantly aware of the temptations of settling only for access... The question is how to succeed without succumbing to success." (Pg. 231