WPI Professor Explores Religious Environmentalism for 'E, The Environmental Magazine'
"Facing the same environmental crisis that their secular counterparts do, people of faith have been changing their basic attitudes towards nature and seeing the moral connections between our treatment of nature and our treatment of people," writes Roger Gottlieb, professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in an essay published on the Web site of E, The Environmental Magazine.
Gottlieb is the author of A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future, published last April by Oxford University Press. In what Publishers Weekly calls a "hopeful, surprising book," Gottlieb argues that "religious people and organizations are among the most committed, and most persuasive, environmental activists."
In the book and in the essay in E, Gottlieb explains that many religions are reconnecting with their traditional respect and love for the Earth as one of God's creations, and are responding to the environmental crisis with "green" prayers and rituals, and environmental activism. He also explains how a spiritual perspective on environmental issues provides religious leaders a powerful and potentially world-changing platform from which to influence the direction of environmental policy and social change.
Gottlieb is the author or editor of 14 books and more than 100 articles on political philosophy, Marxism, feminism, the Holocaust, environmentalism, and religious life.
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February 16, 2007