- Introduction: Religion and Ecology—What Is the Connection and Why Does It Matter?
- The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality
- The World of Nature according to the Protestant Tradition
- Jainism and Ecology: Transformation of Tradition
- Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being
- The Greening of Buddhism: Promise and Perils
- Daoism and Nature
- Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision
- Religion and Ecology in African Culture and Society
- Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology
- Population, Religion, and Ecology
- Genetic Engineering and Nature: Human and Otherwise
- So Near and Yet So Far: Animal Theology and Ecological Theology
- Religious Ecofeminism: Healing the Ecological Crisis
- Science and Religion in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
- Religion and Ecology: Survey of the Field
- The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing
- Religion, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Ecology
- Religious Environmentalism in Action
- Religion and Environmental Struggles in Latin America
- African Initiated Churches as Vehicles of Earth-Care in Africa
- The Scientist and the Shepherd: The Emergence of Evangelical Environmentalism
- Religion and Environmentalism in America and Beyond
Abstract and Keywords
Philosophy and religious studies are becoming more global in scope, and therefore projects constructing comparative philosophy and theology are emerging as thinkers from the historic cultural regions of the North Atlantic world and west, south, and east Asia become aware of each others' histories and concerns. If Confucianism is to play an active role in the intellectual life of China and the world, it must learn how to address new as well as traditional issues that go beyond traditional concerns for conservation, though this is a good place to start. While it is hard to conceive of any form of New Confucianism that does not take personal self-cultivation and social ethics seriously, it is also now impossible to envision a New Confucianism that does not deal with questions of international human rights and responsibilities, the changing roles of women, and the ecological crisis. Any future Confucian ecology must be based on acceptable elements or motifs of the tradition, ideal types that are amenable to the search for a Confucian method for constructing a responsible ecology.
John Berthrong, educated in Sinology at the University of Chicago, has been the associate dean for academic and administrative affairs and associate professor of comparative theology at the Boston University School of Theology since 1989. Active in interfaith dialogue projects and programs, his teaching and research interests are in the areas of interreligious dialogue, Chinese religions, and comparative philosophy and theology. His publications include All under Heaven: Transforming Paradigms in Confucian-Christian Dialogue; The Transformations of the Confucian Way; and Concerning Creativity: A Comparison of Chu Hsi, Whitehead, and Neville. He is coeditor of a volume on Confucianism and ecology. In 1999 he published The Divine Deli, a study of religious pluralism and multiple religious participation in North America. Most recently he collaborated with Evelyn Nagai Berthrong on Confucianism: A Short Introduction.
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