Sacred Nature by Karen Armstrong

Aug 5, 2023 | Reviews

Sacred Nature by Karen Armstrong looks at how we can protect and nurture our environment from a philosophical, ethical and religious stance rather than the more common scientific approach.
Armstrong looks at how we can protect and nurture our environment from a philosophical, ethical and religious stance rather than the more common scientific approach. She uses teachings and learnings from the main monotheistic and polytheistic religions to reinforce her argument that the first point of call in helping with the environmental problems mankind faces is inside ourselves.

Armstrong distinguishes the Western religions, Christianity in particular which has tended to see the environment as something subservient to humanity, from the Eastern religions, which have tended to see nature as integral to humanity, something to be revered and respected.

Making use of her earlier research into books such as The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, Armstrong delves into the fundamental principles that drive humanity towards peace and harmony, such as kenosis, compassion, gratitude, the golden rule and sacrifice.

The book is easy to read and in each chapter, Armstong includes a “Way Forward” section of activities and disciplines that we can use to help our environment flourish.

Reference

Armstrong, Karen. Sacred Nature. Jonathan Cape, 1 June 2022.

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