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Publisher's Summary

In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have, in many cases, replaced traditional religions. Tracing a wide range of groups - radical environmental activists, lifestyle-focused bioregionalists, surfers, new-agers involved in "ecopsychology", and groups that hold scientific narratives as sacred - Taylor addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews?
The "dark" of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a fascinating global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling listeners to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.
The book is published by University of California Press.
©2010 The Regents of the University of California (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Dark Green Religion is intelligent, well-written, and very much worth reading." (Worldviews)
"A fascinating analysis of our emotional and spiritual relationship to nature. Taylor takes us through our spiritual relationship with our planet, its ecosystems and evolution, in an enlightened and completely undogmatic manner." (Dr. Claude Martin, former director general, World Wildlife Fund)
"This important book provides insight into how a profound sense of relation to nature offers many in the modern world a vehicle for attaining a spiritual wholeness akin to what has been historically associated with established religion." (Stephen Kellert, Yale University)
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5 out of 5 stars
By erobbins33 on 10-08-15

A smart, well-researched discussion

extremely interesting, this philosophical discussion of the nature of Earth worship was well researched. Many different sources were quoted in trying to point out the various types of "fanatics". From ecoterrorists to nature lovers, all types of people were described, along with their dogmas. the narrator has a great voice, which is well-suited to this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 01-05-16

Dark Green Religion

This was a very long book that basically breaks down to...every culture has religion that is earth based.Due to the American Indian tribes being so hard to break into and learn their teachings,Mr Taylor went to learn Asian cultures and their earth based /body based attitudes and religions.Jack Cheikijan does a fine job narrating,but I found the repetition and long winded explainations tedious and boring.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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