Ecology and Spirituality
A Brief Introduction
by Jack Hunter
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.