Resource Guide

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The first general textbook on the subject is:

Kinsley, David. 1995. Ecology and Religion: Ecological Spirituality in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc.


The most recent general text is:

Grim, John, and Mary Evelyn Tucker. 2014. Ecology and Religion. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.,


            For a general overview see:

Brailovskaya, Tatiana, Executive Editor, 2020 (August), Faith for Earth: A Call for Action, Nairobi, Kenya: UN Environment Programme, and Chicago, IL: Parliament of World’s Religions

Free download: [Extensive list of websites with accessible links are on pages 105-107].


Among related complementary books are these:

Bauman, Whitney A, Richard R, Bohannon II, and Kevin J. O`Brien, eds. 2011. Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology. Eugene: Pickwick Publications.

_____, et al., eds. 2017. Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology. New York: Routledge (Second Edition).

Berry, Thomas. 2009. The Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality, and Religion in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Columbia University Press.

Bohannon, Richard, ed. 2014. Religions and Environments: A Reader in Religion, Nature, and Ecology. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Foltz, Richard C., ed. 2003. Worldviews, Religion, and the Environment: A Global Anthology. Belmont: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Gottlieb, Roger S., ed. 2004. This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment. New York: Routledge (Second Edition).

_____. 2006. A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet’s Future. New York: Oxford University Press.,,

Rockefeller, Steven C., and John C. Elder, eds. 1992. Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment Is a Religious Issue. Boston: Beacon Press.

Sponsel, Leslie E. 2012. Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

_____, 2020, Religious Environmental Activism in Asia: Case Studies in Spiritual Ecology, Basel, Switzerland: MDPI/Religions

Tanner, Ralph, and Colin Mitchell. 2002. Religion and Environment. New York: Palgrave.

Taylor, Bron. 2010. Dark Green Religion: Nature, Spirituality and the Planetary Future. Berkeley: University of California Press.,,

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, and John A. Grim, eds. 1993. Worldviews and Ecology. Maryknoll: Orbis Press.

Vaughan-Lee, Llewellyn, ed. 2013. Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth. Point Reyes: The Golden Sufi Center.

Watling, Tony.2009. Ecological Imaginations in the World Religions: An Ethnographic Analysis. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group.


Harvard University Press published the series World Religions and Ecology coedited by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim (

Chapple, Christopher Key, ed. 2002. Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

_____, and Mary Evelyn Tucker, eds. 2000. Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Foltz, Richard C., Frederick M. Denny, and Azizan Baharuddin, eds. 2003. Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Girardot, N.J., James Miller, and Liu Xiaogan, eds. 2001. Daoism and Ecology: Ways Within a Cosmic Landscape. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Grim, John, ed. 2001. Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Hessel, Dieter T., and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds. 2000. Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava, ed. 2002. Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Tucker, Mary Evelyn, and John Berthrong, eds. 1998. Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

_____, and Duncan Ryuken Williams, ed. 1997. Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


By now there are also several major reference works:

Crosby, Donald A., and Jerome A. Stone, eds. 2018. The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism. New York: Routledge.

Gottlieb, Roger S., ed. 2006. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology. New York: Oxford University Press.

_____, ed. 2010. Religion and the Environment. New York: Routledge, Volumes 1-4.

Hart, John, ed. 2017. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology. Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Jenkins, Willis, and Whitney Bauman, eds. 2010. Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Volume I: The Spirit of Sustainability. Barrington: Berkshire Publishing Group LLC.

_____, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and John Grim, eds. 2017. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology. New York: Routledge.

Taylor, Bron, ed. 2005. Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. New York: Continuum Press, Volumes 1-2,


There are also two academic journals focused on this subject:

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (2007 –  ) [published by Equinox], and

Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology (1997 –  ) [published by Brill].


The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University has extensive resources and also publishes a monthly email newsletter: (There is a similar organization in Europe


The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture was founded in 2006:


            These articles provide overviews of spiritual ecology:

Sponsel, Leslie E. 2010. “Religion and Environment: Exploring Spiritual Ecology.” Religion and Society: Advances in Research 1:131-145.

_____. 2014 (April). “Feature Article: Bibliographic Essay – Spiritual Ecology: Is it the Ultimate Solution for the Environmental Crisis.” CHOICE 51(8):1339-1342, 1344-1348.

_____. 2019. “Ecology and Spirituality.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. John Barton, ed. New York: Oxford University Press. Online Publication DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.013.95.