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Human, Religion, and Ecology : “Walking into the bigger ‘Story’”

  • 인문논총
  • 2010, 26(), pp.177-218
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

Kibbeum Yoo 1

1한국종교문화연구소

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This article critically examines the ways in which people have related ‘religion’ to ‘ecology’ with regard to ecological crisis and tries to investigate the relationship between religion and ecology in the particular context of Korean Environmental Movements, and then suggests the unique role of religion in the efforts of getting over contemporary ecological crisis. In chapter II, I look into the place of religion within ecosystem, and argue that in order to make contemporary society change adaptively in accordance with today's ecological changes, it needs to reexamine the realm of meaning and value of our society, and at this point, religion could play an important part. In chapter III, I critically examine some deep ecologistic approaches which find the alternative-ecological worldviews from ‘past, far-away’ religions. In chapter IV, I look into the practical role of religion in Korean Environmental Movements. In chapter V, I explore the potential power of religion in the field of environmental movements focusing on it's capacity to communicate and create ‘story’ and ‘ritual’. Especially, I analyze ‘eco-pilgrimage’ of Korean Environmental Movements as an example of revised eco-ritual which unites older or bigger stories with personal experience through bodily acting of walking.

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