In this lively, round-the-world trip, law professor and humorist Jay Wexler explores the intersection of religion and the environment.
Product Code: 5977
ISBN: 9780807001929
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 03/15/2016
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Whether it’s Hindus in Mumbai carrying twenty-five-foot plaster idols of Ganesh into the sea, or Taoists in Hong Kong creating poisonous fumes by burning bushels of “ghost money,” or American Palm Sunday celebrants contributing to the deforestation of Central American palm forests, religious practices can sometimes cause significant damage to the environment. In this book, law professor Jay Wexler travels the globe—from Alaska to India, from Singapore to Mexico and beyond—to investigate instances where religious practice and environmentalism collide in order to understand the complexity of these problems and learn how society can best address them. Whether he’s feasting on whale blubber above the Arctic Circle, bumping along in the back of a battered jeep through a Guatemalan jungle, or learning how to pluck a dead bald eagle at the National Eagle Repository, Wexler never fails to entertain as he tries to answer the question “Can religious practice and environmental protection coexist?”
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1. Religious Practice Versus the Environment: An Overview

2. Guatemalan Greenery: International Effects and the Influence of Markets

3. Indian Idols: The Economic Costs of Regulation and the Problem of Equality

4. Eagles: A Reprise

5. Singapore Smoke: Technological Fixes and the Impacts of Regulation

6. Taiwanese Turtles: Religious Authenticity and the Role of Government

7. Barrow (Alaska) Bowheads: Legal Exemptions and the Power of Community



“If you’ve ever wondered where fronds for Palm Sunday came from or what to do if you find an expired bald eagle, your questions will be answered in this illuminating book.”

“Witty and engaging, this book simultaneously celebrates and challenges spiritual traditions.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Highly entertaining and eye-opening.”
Publishers Weekly

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