Religion and the Order of Nature
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
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The current ecological crisis is a matter of urgent global concern, with solutions being sought on many fronts. In this book, Seyyed Hossein Nasr argues that the devastation of our world has been exacerbated, if not actually caused, by the reductionist view of nature that has been advanced by modern secular science. What is needed, he believes, is the recovery of the truth to which the great, enduring religions all attest; namely that nature is sacred.
Nasr traces the historical process through which Western civilization moved away from the idea of nature as sacred and embraced a world view which sees humans as alienated from nature and nature itself as a machine to be dominated and manipulated by humans. His goal is to negate the totalitarian claims of modern science and to re-open the way to the religious view of the order of nature, developed over centuries in the cosmologies and sacred sciences of the great traditions. Each tradition, Nasr shows, has a wealth of knowledge and experience concerning the order of nature. The resuscitation of this knowledge, he argues, would allow religions all over the globe to enrich each other and cooperate to heal the wounds inflicted upon the Earth.
"The most comprehensive and intelligent treatment of its topic that has been written....Nasr is one of the major intellects of our day."--Huston Smith, University of California, Berkeley
"This work is an important contribution to the debate about the cultural alternatives to the environmental crisis. Highly recommended."--The Reader's Review
"Even by his own exceptional standards, this new book by Seyyed Hossein Nasr is a remarkable work destined to be a classic in the field of religious studies of nature....Professor Nasr is to be congratulated on this immense work which is a landmark in the resurgence of a sacred science on the religious order of nature....The book is both compehensive and profound."--The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
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