The recent release of Pope Francis's much-discussed encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si' On Care for Our Common Home, has reinforced environmental issues as also moral and spiritual issues. This anthology, twenty years ahead of the encyclical but very much in line with its agenda, offers essays by fifteen philosophers, theologians, and environmentalists who argue for a response to ecology that recognizes the tools of science but includes a more spiritual approach--one with a more humanistic, holistic view based on inherent reverence toward the natural world. Writers whose orientations range from Buddhism to evangelical Christianity to Catholicism to Native American beliefs explore ways to achieve this paradigm shift and suggest that "the environment is not only a spiritual issue, but the spiritual issue of our time.
About the Author
JOHN E. CARROLL is professor of environmental conservation at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Sustainability and Spirituality and co-editor of Ecology and Religion: Scientists Speak as well as four books on sustainable agriculture and local food and farming. PAUL BROCKELMAN was professor of philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. The Rev. Dr. MARY WESTFALL is currently senior minister at the Community Church of Durham, United Church of Christ. She is also a University of New Hampshire chaplain and teaches in the Philosophy Department.