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Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future | [Bron Taylor]

Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future

In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have, in many cases, replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups - radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology", and groups that hold scientific narratives as sacred - Taylor addresses a central theoretical question.
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Publisher's Summary

In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have, in many cases, replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups - radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology", and groups that hold scientific narratives as sacred - Taylor addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews?

The "dark" of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a fascinating global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling listeners to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.

The book is published by University of California Press.

©2010 The Regents of the University of California (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Dark Green Religion is intelligent, well-written, and very much worth reading." (Worldviews)

"A fascinating analysis of our emotional and spiritual relationship to nature. Taylor takes us through our spiritual relationship with our planet, its ecosystems and evolution, in an enlightened and completely undogmatic manner." (Dr. Claude Martin, former director general, World Wildlife Fund)

"This important book provides insight into how a profound sense of relation to nature offers many in the modern world a vehicle for attaining a spiritual wholeness akin to what has been historically associated with established religion." (Stephen Kellert, Yale University)

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  • Jan
    United States
    16/06/15
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    "Here is the scholarly thesis you are looking for"

    Clearly aimed at the scholarly upper echelon, this work seems to find it's goal attainable by repeating Dark Green Religion several times per paragraph, introducing arcane terminology, and beating the reader over the head with it before moving on to the next OED term. I found the presentation annoying and condescending with an end result of obfuscation rather than clarity.
    Kudos to the narrator for laboring to attempt to make this palatable.
    I am thankful that I did not have to pay for this item

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    San Francisco, CA, United States
    07/04/15
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    "comparative religion looks at deep greenieness"

    Faithful followers of my powerful reviews will be pleased to hear fine account on though-going greenie belief systems readily overlapping or morphing into religious thinking as evident fact of life, for good or bad.
    The book is done in detached academic style and very well narrated.

    Enjoyed how the reader would become skeptical-sounding when reciting some of the more florid dark green claims about the spiritual value of connection to nature, talking to trees for example to give one extreme.
    I liked this because while it is good to be sympathetic in the subject matter I did not wish the book to come across as mere hippy hurrah crusade for nature religion, so the narrator pitched it just right in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • zoe
    04/07/15
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    "Green Religion"
    Any additional comments?

    I tried listening to this audiobook but it never got my interest. One of the books I did not finish.
    I got this copy in exchange for my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terri Berg
    GAS CITY, IN, United States
    21/06/15
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    "Interesting & informative...."

    I received this audio book as a gift for the purpose of me listening to it an writing a honest and unbiased review.

    This subject is both interesting &and informative. This author discusses many different forms of religion , both past and present, many of which I never even knew existed. Religions such as Green Religion and Dark Green Religion and so on. How nature relates with these religions and who has done these religions past and present. Also how these religions fit in with past, present and future of our planet and what these religions do for our planet.

    The author, Bron Taylor does a good job of explaining things. He ventures into many different areas, all of which are new to me. I am not a religious person, yet I found it fascinating that there are so many religions out there. The narrator, Jack Chekijian, does a really good job delivering all this information. He reminds me of the narration on the Discovery Channel. I finished this book yesterday, but just now getting around to writing my review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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