Environment and Religion

The relationship between religion and the environment has been a fairly marginal concern within the sociology of religion, although the rise of religiously inspired environmentalism in response to contemporary environmental crises is receiving increasing attention. Religions are stereotypically portrayed as either responsible for environmental devastation, in the case of the Judeo-Christian religions, or inherently ecological, in the case of most Asian and indigenous religions. Yet the relationship between religiosity and environmental concern is complex, and there are both official and grassroots responses to environmental crisis from all major religions.

Religious traditions both shape how people view nature and are themselves shaped by the environments in which they originated and are practiced. In the Hebrew Torah, as in Christian and Islamic scripture, nature is an instrument of ...

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