It's a common misconception that faith is more concerned with the hereafter than the here-and-now; our faith defines our relationship with the world around us.
What resources might our faith traditions bring to the environmental issues of our day? How do our beliefs inform how we view sustainability, economic growth, and environmental care? What problems might faith traditions be causing in this time of crisis?
Here Patheos writers address climate change, water resources, fossil fuel emissions, and more, as they evaluate the interconnection of our faith traditions and the environment.
Recent Perspectives on Religion and the Environment
The outsized reactions to this animal's death vs. the child's survival reek of a spoiled sentimentality that has led to the worst mass killings in history.
God made me, and that poor gorilla, and the mother and her child, and the minimalists.
It's an unbelievably callous thing to say when a gorilla was killed because of human irresponsibility.
Who is best equipped and empowered to accompany people during cultural and spiritual transformation? You guessed it. Faith Communities.
God has invaded history and is in the process of redeeming the earth. Not just redeeming us but the whole human species and creation.
Thomas M. Doran
Earth Day has come around again, but what are rain forests and pristine lakes on Earth, or on a million planets, without reflective, intentionally creative creatures to nourish and cherish them?
On this upcoming Earth Day approaching—and in the days and years to come—how do you feel called to join the global movement for climate justice?
The earth was partner to the Buddha's work; she is our partner, as we are hers.
The grass, the water, and the sun wash from their souls the grime of murder and arguments, and they are renewed, for the wonderful and terrible work that awaits them.
It's a fundamental principle of biological evolution that diversity is the key to strong ecosystems.
Introducing Religion and the Environment
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
The creative tensions between humans seeking to transcend this world and yearning to be embedded in this world are part of the dynamics of world religions.
Theology of Work Project
God's use of the words subdue and dominion in Genesis 1 do not give us permission to run roughshod over any part of his creation.
Remember that magic is the art of changing consciousness. Create art, music, chants, poetry, and fiction to help us imagine a new kind of society which has only barely begun to be dreamed of.
What's in the water in Flint is the living embodiment of white privilege; and a living example of how real and present racism still is in our culture.
It appears that what happened in Flint, Michigan may only be the tip of the iceberg.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The Pope realizes that many outside the church can't hear the message of Christ because of distractions. So he takes lessons from St Paul.
Where people are poor, environmental conditions tend to be abysmal; the best way to end poverty isn’t red but blue.
I had this intense feeling of both our infinitesimal insignificance and our inestimable consequence as a species.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Does than mean he can’t be a good Catholic if he thinks the pope is wrong about global warming?
What did the revered Vietnamese Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, mean by this? And what did he not mean?
Benjamin L. Corey
Much of the hype over this annual day seems to have dissipated in recent years, but I think it's an important day if you're a Christian.
Frederick M. Denny
Nature is not independently worthwhile but derives its value from God...