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date: 25 February 2020

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The environmental crisis, perhaps more than any other concern of contemporary society, is turning attention to religion not primarily as a means of salvation in a transcendental, other-worldly sphere, but increasingly as the provider of ‘a broad road to the cosmos and human roles in it’. The role of religion in relation to the environmental crisis remains highly controversial, several religions endorsing an exclusively anthropocentric view of moral rights and obligations, while others uphold beliefs that are seen as undermining attempts to control the world's population. Aware of these difficulties, this article circumvents them by considering religions in broader terms than the institutional and denominational forms they take.

Keywords: cosmology, ecology, spirituality, environmental crisis, anthropocentric

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