publication . Article . 2019

The ‘Greening’ of Christian Monasticism and the Future of Monastic Landscapes in North America

Jason M. Brown;
Open Access English
  • Published: 16 Jul 2019 Journal: Religions (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
  • Country: Canada
Christian monasticism has an ancient land-based foundation. The desert fathers and later reform movements appealed to the land for sustenance, spiritual metaphor, and as a marker of authentic monastic identity. Contemporary Roman Catholic monastics with this history in mind, have actively engaged environmental discourse in ways that draw from their respective monastic lineages, a process sociologist Stephen Ellingson calls &lsquo
of Christianity. Looking to the future, while the footprint of North American monastic communities is quite small, and their numbers are slowly declining, a variety of conservation-minded management schemes implemented since the 1990s by some communities suggests that the impact will remain for many decades to come.
. Though this study is of limited scope, this bridging between monastic lineages and environmental discourse could cautiously be identified with the broader phenomenon of the &lsquo
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Fields of Science and Technology classification (FOS)
01 natural sciences, 0106 biological sciences, 010603 evolutionary biology, 06 humanities and the arts, 0603 philosophy, ethics and religion, 060303 religions & theology
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
15. Life on land, 16. Peace & justice
free text keywords: religion and ecology, spiritual ecology, greening of religion, environmental humanities, monasticism, history of monasticism, landscape, Religious studies, Sustenance, Metaphor, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Desert Fathers, Environmental ethics, Phenomenon, Christianity, Monasticism, Spiritual ecology, lcsh:Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, lcsh:BL1-2790
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