What distinguishes deep ecology from recognized religions


Discussion

Is deep ecology a religion? Defend your answer with reference to the assigned readings. (Hint: The Garreau and Wallace readings are helpful here, but also look back at how Gottlieb defines religion on pp. 8-9 of This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment, and be sure to discuss John Seed's rituals.) If deep ecology is a religion, can an atheist believe in deep ecology? Can someone accept deep ecology without giving up their own traditional religion such as Christianity, Islam, etc.? If you do not believe that deep ecology is a religion, explain why you believe it is not a religion and what distinguishes deep ecology from recognized religions.

Review your classmates' posts. As you analyze their examples and present your own position, think about the defining characteristics of a religion and how contemporary society creates conditions in which new religions are created. Utilize these reflections and research on this topic to inform your answers.

The response should include a reference list. Double-space, using Times New Roman 12 pnt font, one-inch margins, and APA style of writing and citations.

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