Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Religion, Spirituality, and Sustainability

  • Whitney A. BaumanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_296


There are many definitions of “religion” and “spirituality,” so no two scholar’s of religious studies may agree. But in this essay, religion and spirituality refer to the way in which humans make meaning out of their lives. This can include both traditional, global religions, or processes outside of these traditions that help us to make meaning of our daily lives.

In 1967, the historian of science Lynn White Jr. published an article in Science magazine arguing that the root of the ecological crisis was a religious one, and that religion should be a part of the solution (White 1967). Though there have been others throughout the history of many different global religious traditions that have focused on the more than human world, this article helped shape what would become the field known as “religion and ecology” or “religion and nature.” Over the last 50 years, this field has grown to support multiple organizations, conferences, books, articles, and university courses....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Madhavi Venkatesan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA