The Environment and Nature in Contemporary Religious Contexts: A Comparative Analysis
Keywords:Nature, Environment, Sacred, Profane, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam
The natural environment of our only living planet is suffering in an unprecedented manner globally from the onslaught of human beings. The environmental crises are now threatening the very fabric of life. The problem is too evident, that has finally caused many religious thinkers to describe the religious view concerning the order of nature. Because our natural world will not only be healed by changes in technology and some kind of social engineering but by rediscovering the sacred quality of nature and the rebirth of man as the custodian of it. It implies the rejection of the modern secular view of nature and its subsequent developments. In this regard, this paper tries to reformulate the traditional views of nature and environment held by various religious traditions including Indic religions, far eastern religious traditions, and Abrahamic religions. It defines the Divine Origin of all things. Through comparative study, this research motivates human beings to find sacred nexus in creation and develop a harmonious relationship with nature. This essay also encourages them to preserve the environment for future generations.
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