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Sacredness and Sustainability: Searching for a Practical Eco-Spirituality

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Abstract In a time of ecological crises with huge consequences for humanity and the earth system which is a result of a mechanistic world view and human exploitation of the earth, there exists a serious need for a ecological, resacralised worldview of which an “ecological” concept of religion and spirituality is part. Eco-spirituality is then the direct consciousness and experience of the Sacred in the ecology which may serve as a sustained source for communities’ and individuals’ practical search to live sustainably from the earth’s resources. The story of Tim Wigley serves as an example of how this balance between eco-spirituality and ecological activism is possible.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology,University of South Africa P. O. Box 392, 0003 UNISA Republic of South Africa vschaa@unisa.ac.za

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2011-01-01
2016-12-04

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