Welcome to the Sophia Centre Press
The Sophia Centre Press is a spinout company from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), established in 2009. It publishes and promotes scholarly work, sponsors and organises conferences and courses related to the work of the University’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology and Culture, in partnership with the University.
Our work is based in the Humanities and crosses history, anthropology, philosophy and archaeology. We examine the role of cosmological, astronomical and astrological beliefs, models and ideas in human culture, including the theory and practice of myth, magic, divination, religion, spirituality, architecture, politics and the arts in any time period or culture.
We are concerned with how we live on our home planet, with questions of nature, ecology and harmony.
Ecology and Spirituality
A Brief Introduction
Jack Hunter’s introduction to ecology and spirituality tackles a new topic in the emerging discipline of Environmental Humanities, focusing on the reality that, for many people, saving the planet is inseparable from their sense of the spiritual in nature.
Ecology is the science of interconnection, the examination of the ways in which everything in the natural world is interdependent. Spirituality is the sense that there is something deeper, or beyond, the material world. Jack Hunter’s book is an accessible introduction to the ways in which these two areas combine and are compatible. The book ranges across the origins of ecology, the nature of spirituality and religion, the evidence for non-human intelligence, ecopsychology and the ecological self. It examines animism, parapsychology and sacred geography. Finally, it suggests some ways forward: recognising the sacred in nature as an aid to well-being, permaculture as the most sustainable form of agriculture, and placing an awareness of nature at the centre of education.