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Religions 2012, 3(2), 266-288; doi:10.3390/rel3020266
John Muir and “Godful” Nature
Department of Biology, California State University, Chico, CA 95928, USA
Received: 12 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 13 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spiritual Exemplars)
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Abstract: John Muir, America’s most influential conservationist, held a special view of Nature, one that treated Nature as “Godful” and “unredeemed” because, unlike humankind, Nature has not “fallen”. It is a view that asks us to adopt a gaiacentric, not anthropocentric, perspective on our place in the universe. This article explores the meaning and development of that view and how it came to define Muir’s faith and serve his noble purpose of preserving the Wilderness.
Keywords: nature; natural world; wilderness; Godful; gaiacentric; Taoist
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Barnett, Raymond. 2012. "John Muir and “Godful” Nature." Religions 3, no. 2: 266-288.