Religion and Environment

By Willis Jenkins and Christopher Key Chapple

Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Vol. 36: 441-463 (Volume publication date November 2011)

First published online as a Review in Advance on August 1, 2011


Understanding the interaction of human and environmental systems requires understanding the religious dimensions to the integration of ecology and society. Research on the significance of religion to environmental problems and of ecological ideas to religion has emerged into a robust interdisciplinary field. One sign of its vitality lies in the methodological arguments over how to conceptualize and assess that significance. Another lies in the diversity of research projects, which appear within most religious traditions, from many geographical contexts, and in several different disciplines. This article introduces major approaches to the field and key questions raised, and then briefly assesses recent work in three broad areas of tradition.

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