Formerly: Ecotheology
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Latest Issue: Vol 8, No 3 (2014) RSS2 logo

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture

Editor
Bron Taylor, University of Florida

Book Review Editor
Lucas F. Johnston, Wake Forest University
Send books for review to:
Lucas Johnston, c/o the JSRNC, Department of Religion,
Wake Forest University,
118 Wingate Hall, PO Box 7212
Winston Salem, NC 27109, USA.

From 2007, The Journal of Religion, Nature and Culture is the new title for Ecotheology which for more than a decade has been the leading forum for constructive and normative studies on the relationship between religion and ecology.The journal's expanded goals are to explore the relationships among human beings, their diverse religions, and the earth’s living systems and to explore-- without oversimplifying -- what constitutes an ethically appropriate relationship between our own species and the natural worlds we inhabit.

The journal is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Members qualify for a membership discount on subscriptions to the journal. To join please visit the Society website.

You can browse the contents and abstracts of all back issues of Ecotheology by clicking ";Browse Issues"; on the right side of this page. Authorized Users can also access the full text of back issues here (from Volume 9.1).


Types of Articles and Special Issues

Social Scientific and Cultural Studies
Qualitative or Quantitative analyses spotlighting the religion variable in human/environment relations. Examples include:
* Research grounded in cultural studies, ecological anthropology; environmental history, cultural geography, sociology, political science; historical ecology; and social movement theory (to name a few).
* Analyses of the relationships between nature-related religious perceptions and values and human behaviors that impact nature, including the consumption of natural resources, breeding and fertility rates, lifestyle and livelihood choices, and social organization and forms of political mobilization.
* Analyses of the role of nature-related religion in environmental degradation, protection or restoration; or in precipitating or exacerbating social conflict, or in ameliorating such conflict.
Natural Science Studies
Research exploring through any branch of the natural sciences the connections between humans and the living systems upon which they depend. Examples Include:
* Research grounded in cognitive science or evolutionary biology.
* Analyses of theories that purport to reveal the natural, evolutionary roots of religious and ethical beliefs, values and behaviors, such as “sociobiology.”
* Analyses of the role of natural science in religious thought and behavior, such as those exploring how scientific narratives and cosmologies are being integrated into religious belief systems, and how environmental “conservation sciences” can assume a religious dimension in their formulation and practice.
* Critical reflections on the theoretical, philosophical, practical aspects of ecological science for religious traditions and ethical debates.
Constructive and Normative Studies
Religious and ethical perspectives on human obligations to ecosystems and other living things. Examples include:
* Research rooted in religious and philosophical investigations of a traditions understanding of what constitutes the proper relationships between human beings (and their social structures) and the Earth’s living systems.
* Analyses or articulation of ethical arguments from one or more religious perspectives, including “world religions,” “nature religions,” “new religious movements,” “lived religion,” and so on. Such thematic issues and articles may explore any religious form of nature-related spirituality.
* Perspectives on and debates engaging postmodern theory and the “social construction of nature;” and related to domestic and international law, political philosophies, and public policies.

Indexing & Abstracting:
Scopus Abstract and Citation Database
Index to the Study of Religions Online
ATLA Religion Database®
EBSCO's Academic Search Premier & Religion and Philosophy Collection
Religious and Theological Abstracts
Bibliography of Humanities and Social Sciences Literature, K.G. Saur Verlag


Publication and Frequency: March, June,September, December
ISSN: 1749-4907 (print)
ISSN: 1749-4915 (online)

(Ecotheology ceased with the completion of Volume 11.4)



Editorial Address:
Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
PO Box 117410, Gainesville, FL 32611-7410 USA
Phone: 352 392-1625 ext. 235; Fax: 352 392-7395.

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