Asian Religions, Ecology, and the Integrity of Nature

Authored by: Christopher Key Chapple

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch32

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Abstract

Asian religions span a vast continent, from its dry western expanse, south to the Indian subcontinent, rising up northward over the Himalayas to the Arctic, and east to the shores of China and Vietnam, the Korean peninsula, and the Japanese islands. Asia gave birth to many of the world’s great religions: Confucianism, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Daoism, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism. This chapter examines some key themes from just a few of these faiths in light of their relationship with nature and issues of ecological concern.

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