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    The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

    "To say that this is an indispensable reference work is an understatement. Taylorís Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature is an impressive two-volume collation of esoteric material dealing with the rich interpenetration of religion and ecology. This expansive collection is akin to the perfect present; until you see it, you could never imagine how much you wanted it. . . . Superbly edited and carefully crafted, the ERN is essential."
    (Stephen J. Shaw in American Reference Books Annual 2006)
    The award winning Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature critically explores the relationships among human beings, their environments, and the religious dimensions of life. This wide-ranging work — chronologically, geographically, religiously — includes 1,000 entries from 520 international contributors.
    In addition to the standard, scholarly entry, this highly-accessible reference is creatively enriched through two unique, additional genres: scholarly perspectives articles wherein authors advance an argument or reflect on their own role in or views regarding the religion and nature field; and practitioner entries, which are written by well-known figures who have had an impact in the issues the encyclopedia engages. The seven-year project, published in 2005, was orchestrated by Editor-in-Chief Bron Taylor, who worked closely with an international and interdisciplinary team of consulting editors.
    Taylor's Introduction to the ERN provides comprehensive overview of the religion and nature field and the types of questions leading to the ERN project. The Project History describes the issues that gave rise to the ERN and the collaborative process that brought it into existence. The Readers Guide provides tips on how to most profitably explore the encyclopedia, while the Index, which includes a list of the ERNís entries, demonstrates the richness and range of inquiry to be found in the volumes.