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Saving Nature
Religion as Environmentalism, Environmentalism as Religion
Reihe: Studies in Religion and the Environment/Studien zur Religion und Umwelt
Bd. 4, 2011, 288 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-11052-7

Environmentalism has moved into the centre of the most influential social movements in late modernity. From preserving pre-industrial landscapes, advocating the intrinsic value of nature and protecting ecosystems against overexploitation, it has developed into a worldview, ethos and practice, that is radically shifting the frontiers of politics, economics and ethics.

Saving Nature approaches environmentalism as a belief system. It explores the impact of environmentalism on faith communities and vice versa, and analyses how environmental worldviews, values, attitudes and discourses affect religion. By drawing on sources in the sociology of religion and environmental sociology, the study sheds light on the religious dimensions of environmentalism. The author locates the quick growth of environmentalism in the history of allegedly secular modernity, and interprets environmentalism in the context of modernity's re-sacralization.

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