Syllabus/achievement requirements



  1. Introducing the Field of Religion and Ecology: Key Terms and Debates


Bauman, Whitney A., Richard R. Bohannon II, and Kevin J. O’Brien. 2017. A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology. New York, NY: Routledge. (PS: students should use the 2nd edition published in 2017)


Grim, John and Mary Evelyn Tucker. 2014. “Emergence of the Field of Religion and Ecology.” In Ecology and Religion, 85-95. Washington, DC: Island Press.


Latour, Bruno. 2017. “Introduction” and “First Lecture: On the instability of the (notion of) nature” in Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime. Polity Press. 1-40pp.


White, Lynn. 1967. “The Historic Roots of Our Ecological Crisis.” Science 155:1203- 1207.


  1. Troster, Lawrence. 2013. “What Is Eco-Theology?” Crosscurrents, December: 380- 385.


Eaton, Heather. 2013. “Mapping Ecotheologies: Deliberations on Difference.” Theology 116(1):23–27.


Jenkins, Willis. 2008. “Global ethics, Christian theology, and Sustainability.” World- Views: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, 12:197–217.


Wirzba, Norman. 2003. The Paradise of God. Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age, 1-60; 123-148. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Case study:


Encyclical Letter Laudato si’ on Care for our Common Home


  1. Deep Ecology/Ecosophy


Naess, Arne and George Sessions. 1984. The Deep Ecology Platform.


Witoszek, Nina and Martin Lee Mueller. 2017.Deep Ecology. Life after Life?” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, Volume 21: Issue 3: 2019-217     


Witoszek, Nina and Andrew Brennan, eds. 1999. Philosophical Dialogues: Arne Næss and the Progress of Ecophilosophy. Rowman & Littlefield. (PS: selected chapters by Næss, Ramachandra, Harding and Witoszek, approx. 75 pages).


Cobb, John B. 2001. “Protestant Theology and Deep Ecology.” In Deep Ecology and World Religions, New Essays on Sacred Ground, edited David Landis Barnhill and Roger S. Gottlieb, 213-228. Suny Press. 


Vetlesen, Arne Johan. 2015, The Denial of Nature: Environmental Philosophy in the Era of Global Capitalism. London: Routledge 200 s.


  1. Religion, Environmentalism, Activism


Kinsley, David. 1995. “Ecoactivism.” In Ecology and Religion: Ecological Spirituality in Cross-Cultural Perspective, 193-202. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.


Stevens, Lara, Peta Tait and Denise Varney. 2018. Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene. Chapters by Freya Mathews (“Relating to Nature: Deep Ecology or Ecofeminism?”); and Denise Varney (“Climate Guardian Angels: Feminist Ecology and the Activist Tradition”). (PS: entire book accessed as e-book through Oria:


Bron Taylor. 2001. “Earth and Nature-Based Spirituality (Part I): From Deep Ecology to Radical Environmentalism.” Religion, 31:2, 175-193.

DOI: 10.1006/reli.2000.0256


Pike, Sarah M. 2017. For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism. Oakland, California: University of California Press. 



Useful resources:


  • UN sustainable development goals 2030


  • Earth Charter for Nature (look at both 1982 and 2000)


  • Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (before 2007 called Ecotheology)


  • Taylor, Bron (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature 2 vols.






  • Harvard Project on Religion and Ecology



Planet Earth: The Future Episode: 3/3 – “Living Together” 




Last Call.  


11th hour.


The Story of Stuff.


Journey of the Universe.


Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance


Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.


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