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Dark Green Religion : Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future



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In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have in many cases replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups-radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology," and groups that hold scientific narratives as sacred-Taylor addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews? The "dark" of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a fascinating global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling readers to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.

Author Biography

Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion and Nature at the University of Florida. He is editor-in-chief of the multi-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature and editor of Ecological Resistance Movements: The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Readers' Guidep. xiii
Introducing Religion and Dark Green Religionp. 1
Dark Green Religionp. 13
Dark Green Religion in North Americap. 42
Radical Environmentalismp. 71
Surfing Spiritualityp. 103
Globalization with Predators and Moving Picturesp. 127
Globalization in Arts, Sciences, and Lettersp. 155
Terrapolitan Earth Religionp. 180
Conclusion: Dark Green Religion and the Planetary Futurep. 200
Afterword on Terminologyp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Appendix: Excerpts with Commentary on the Writings of Henry David Thoreaup. 227
Notesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 323
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