What Does Religion Have to Say About Ecology? A New Appraisal of Naturalism

Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 15 (45):96-119 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Humans as created matter engage with the transcendental. The difference between matter and spirit has been categorised: material and earthly existence is deemed impure and temporary. The spiritual existence is deemed of higher ethical quality. What does religion as an activity focussing on the “higher” spiritual realm have to say about the “wordly” existence of created matter? Worldviews and a religious anthropology determine the outcome. Where human existence is viewed as something other than created matter, a different relationship exists between humans and nature as opposed to where human existence is viewed as being wholly part of created matter. This last stance is based on a “comprehensive anthropology”. Feuerbach referred to this as Naturalism. According to a naturalistic understanding, humankind is intrinsically part of nature. From nature comes all meaningful existence. This positive evaluation of nature provides direction for an ethical and responsible relationship between humankind and nature.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 78,059

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Deep Anthropology: Ecology and Human Order.Alan E. Wittbecker - 1986 - Environmental Ethics 8 (3):261-270.
Ecology Re-naturalized.Leon Niemoczynski - 2014 - In Leon Niemoczynski Nam T. Nguyen (ed.), A Philosophy of Sacred Nature: Prospects for Ecstatic Naturalism. Lexington Books. pp. 113-127.
Spinoza and ecology revisted.K. L. F. Houle - 1997 - Environmental Ethics 19 (4):417-431.
Stoic Naturalism, Rationalism, and Ecology.William O. Stephens - 1994 - Environmental Ethics 16 (3):275-286.
Eco-feminism and deep Ecology.Jim Cheney - 1987 - Environmental Ethics 9 (2):115-145.
A defence of the deep ecology movement.Arne Naess - 1984 - Environmental Ethics 6 (3):265-270.


Added to PP

15 (#708,466)

6 months
1 (#486,551)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?