Religion & the Order of Nature

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Religion and the Resacralization of Nature

Let us cast aside this veil,
Veil of forgetfulness and ignorance.
Let us remember again who we were, are, and shall be,
And what is this world of Nature,
Our complement, our companion, our abode,
Like us the fruit of the fiat lux,
Still bearing within her that morning light,
Light of the dawn of Creation,
And still witness to that wisdom Supreme,
Locus of the Presence of the Realm Divine.
Let us honor her in her sacralized reality,
And not rend her asunder with that voracious aggression,
Which will but erase our life here on Earth,
Divinely ordained as our home of which we are a part.
To honor Nature we must first recall the Source of all,
And seek within, that reality now hidden.
Let us then cast aside the veil,
And remember who we are and what Nature is,
Nature which will have the last word on that final day.
Let us remember and not forget,
Lest we lose the occasion to recollect,
And in destroying Nature our perdition quicken
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We have journeyed long and far through diverse worlds and over many centuries to come to this point of affirmation of the sacred quality of nature, now forgotten and in need of reassertion. Nature needs to be resacralized not by man who has no power to bestow the quality of sacredness upon anything, but through the re-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Religion and Religions 9
  • Notes 25
  • 2 - The Order of Nature 29
  • Notes 66
  • 3 - Philosophy and the Misdeeds of Philosophy 80
  • Greek Philosophy 113
  • 4 - The Traditional Sciences, the Scientific Revolution, and Its Aftermath 126
  • Notes 153
  • 5 - The Tragic Consequences of Humanism in the West 163
  • Notes 185
  • 6 - The Rediscovery of Nature: Religion and the Environmental Crisis 191
  • Notes 223
  • 7 - The Wisdom of the Body 235
  • Notes 262
  • Religion and the Resacralization of Nature 270
  • Notes 289
  • Index 293
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