From the Psalms in the Bible to sacred rivers in Hinduism, the natural world has been integral to the world’s religions. John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker argue that today’s growing environmental challenges make the relationship ever more vital. The authors explore the history of religious traditions and the environment, and
the emergence of religious ecology. They then describe four fundamental aspects of religious life: orienting, grounding, nurturing, and transforming. Readers see how these phenomena are experienced in a Native American religion, Orthodox Christianity, Confucianism, and Hinduism.
"Grim and Tucker integrate vast personal experiences and serious scholarship across multiple global cultures and disciplines to produce keen, fresh insight for today's world. A compelling, inspirational, and hopeful look at a path to a meaningful and sustainable future."
— Jane Lubchenco, former Administrator of NOAA
"A must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of ecology, religion, and ethics, and in the role that religions could play in resolving the complex environmental concerns of today."
— Eleanor Sterling, Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
"An astonishingly comprehensive view of human relations with the natural world."
— John Cobb, Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies, Claremont University
"The almost unimaginable environmental challenge humanity faces—a daunting Gordian knot of science, plus ethical and moral values—demands ways forward. Those will be found at the intersection of science and religion. Nobody understands this thicket—so filled with hope, promise and complexities—better than John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker. Ecology and Religion lights the path forward."
— Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
"How wonderful to have the world's leading authorities on religion and ecology, John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker, offer this profound but accessible examination of the field just as the world's religions are entering their ecological phase. This book is more than a source of deep understanding—it is an inspiration."
— James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
"John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker are two of the most well-known figures advocating religious ecologies—the bridging of scientific and religious worldviews. In their book Ecology and Religion, they argue that the religious component is a 'missing link,' 'an important lens whereby humans can understand and reenvision their roles as participants in the dynamic process of life.' …In volumes of this genre, their virtue must mirror their vice—that of being both sketchy and simultaneously insightful. 'Painted in broad brushstrokes,' the book is cosmopolitan in the original Greek sense, as in a citizen of the cosmos."
"...refreshing in its premise that all religions have something important to teach us about how to motivate ourselves and others to act on global climate change, if only we listen, talk, and synthesize."
— Friends Journal
"...highly recommend this volume for the stated purposes of filling a much-needed niche in the introductory market of religious ecology for undergraduate students. The text provides a highly accessible, broad narrative that could form the core of any class having to do with religious ecology."
— The Quarterly Review of Biology
About the Authors:
John Grim is currently a senior lecturer and scholar at Yale University. He is coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology with Mary Evelyn Tucker, and series editor of World Religions and Ecology, from Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions.
Mary Evelyn Tucker is a senior lecturer and senior scholar at Yale University. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology.