In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: 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 listeners to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.
The book is published by University of California Press.
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"Dark Green Religion is intelligent, well-written, and very much worth reading." (Worldviews)
"A fascinating analysis of our emotional and spiritual relationship to nature. Taylor takes us through our spiritual relationship with our planet, its ecosystems and evolution, in an enlightened and completely undogmatic manner." (Dr. Claude Martin, former director general, World Wildlife Fund)
"This important book provides insight into how a profound sense of relation to nature offers many in the modern world a vehicle for attaining a spiritual wholeness akin to what has been historically associated with established religion." (Stephen Kellert, Yale University)
Fictional characters in narrative
Faithful followers of my powerful reviews will be pleased to hear fine account on though-going greenie belief systems readily overlapping or morphing into religious thinking as evident fact of life, for good or bad.
The book is done in detached academic style and very well narrated.
Enjoyed how the reader would become skeptical-sounding when reciting some of the more florid dark green claims about the spiritual value of connection to nature, talking to trees for example to give one extreme.
I liked this because while it is good to be sympathetic in the subject matter I did not wish the book to come across as mere hippy hurrah crusade for nature religion, so the narrator pitched it just right in my opinion.
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