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Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God$
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Donna Bowman and Clayton Crockett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823238958

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.001.0001

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Ecological Civilizations: Obstacles to, and Prospects for, Religiously Informed Sustainability Movements in a Post-American World

Ecological Civilizations: Obstacles to, and Prospects for, Religiously Informed Sustainability Movements in a Post-American World

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Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God
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Jay McDaniel

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.003.0007

People in different parts of the world need to aim at becoming “ecological civilizations.” Those of us affiliated with different world religions can play a constructive role in helping bring about such civilizations in three ways. First, we can critique problematic dimensions of our own heritages that lead to a wasteful use of energy and an exploitation of the Earth. Second, we can recognize that the environment itself is not merely an issue among issues, but a context for all issues, insofar as it is the web of life in which human life is embedded. Third, we can develop fresh ways of thinking about “energy,” “God” and “human vocation.” Toward these ends, process philosophy reminds us that there are many kinds of energy, psychological and spiritual well as material, and that even consciousness is a kind of energy. Furthermore, it proposes that the mystery at the heart of the universe is an indwelling lure toward dwelling in harmony with the earth. Finally, process philosophy offers the idea that this lure is simultaneously an activity of receptive love and a Deep Listening, in whom all forms of energy are loved on their own terms and for their own sakes.

Keywords:   world religions, ecological civilization, process philosophy, Deep Listening

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