Review: Nature as Spiritual Practice, and A Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice by Stephen Chase

A review by Tony Watling of the two books by Stephen Chase appeared the Journal of Contemporary Religion 28, 1 (2013): 174-176.  Here is an excerpt:

The titles reflect the fact that, for Chase, nature is spiritual practice, it speaks, being sacramental, God’s language, sharing a common parentage (theological and ecological) with humanity. The books seek to act, in a sense, as eco-spiritual selfhelp portals and in this they align themselves not only with religious environmentalism but also with other literature that seeks to re-ground humanity, engaging nature intimately and spiritually, meditating, praying or worshipping within (and with) natural settings. . . .

The books are well written and express interesting ideas/practices (and ideally of course they—especially the Field Guide—should be ‘useful’ books, creating a practical engagement—moral/spiritual—between the people using them and nature). I like the idea of developing and encouraging specific creation practices, encouraging people to see nature as spiritual and to get out into it and engage with it in a spiritual way, to see it as a spiritual practice in and of itself as well as one linked to humanity.

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