Modern Believing

Spirituality and Ecology: A Dynamic New Partnership

Modern Believing (2015), 56, (1), 35–46.


The roots of the environmental movement lie in the Judaeo-Christian tradition of apocalypse, with its themes of imminent disaster resulting from human sin and the need for salvation. But the secular prophets have created a lopsided account, dwelling on the negative to the exclusion of the positive in the biblical narrative and the stories it contains. The world's faiths can and should redress this unbalanced account. The positive ecological role already played by sacred landscapes is highlighted in the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) joint publication Beyond Belief (2006).1 The paper ends with seven key areas in which faiths can engage in environmental action.

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Palmer, Martin