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Lance Nelson received his Ph.D. from McMaster University. He is Assistant Professor of Theological and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. His writings on Advaita Vedanta and other aspects of South Asian religion have appeared in books and scholarly journals in the United States and India. Most recently, he edited Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India (SUNY, 1998).

Abstract of paper given at Hinduism and Ecology conference:
Reading the Bhagavad Gita from an Ecological Perspective

The text of the Bhagavad Gita will be examined for its ecological implications, both positive and negative, with a special view to the tension between world-sacralization and world-negation in Hindu thought. It will be argued that Hindus face problems comparable to, at least in scale, those faced by the faithful of other religious traditions in re-visioning their scriptures to meet the needs of an ecological era.

 

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