, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 641-643
Date: 05 Oct 2010

Review of Nature, Space and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by S. Bergmann, P. M. Scott, M. Jansdotter Samuelsson, and H. Bedford-Strohm

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This collection of essays cultivates a new dimension of thought on religion and nature, and opens a new focal area in the environmental humanities. By focusing on space as a cultural dimension of human experience, a theological dimension for interpreting the sacred, and a conceptual dimension of nature, this project seeks to open a novel intersection of inquiry into relations of humanity, nature, and the sacred. The editors introduce the book as ‘the first exploratory mapping of this new and highly significant agenda: the spatial interaction between religion, nature, and culture’ (1).

That agenda is significant because an era of environmental stress is putting stress on each of those terms, in turn destabilizing the role that ideas of religion, nature, and culture play in organizing academic disciplines and in shaping the interaction of the humanities and sciences. Using spatiality as perspective on religion, nature, and culture offers one way to think through the meaning of human inhab