The Lost Gospel of the Earth: A Call for Renewing Nature, Spirit and Politics

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Tom Hayden, a founder of SDS, member of the Chicago Seven, and longtime progressive California legislator--presents an impassioned plea for reclaiming our spiritual bond with the Earth. Hayden makes a persuasive case for retrieving that older world view by taking a fresh look at the core traditions and early teachings of Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism.

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Drawing upon the work of John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, St. Francis of Assisi, and even the Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul II, activist Tom Hayden writes that religion is the answer to today's environmental crisis. Though he berates many religions for perpetuating man's dominance of earth, he cites a growing awareness of the sanctity of all creation. He calls for the unification of increasing numbers of eco-spiritualists and a revamping of traditional religious doctrines--including the Ten Commandments--to include guidelines for taking care of the earth and to acknowledge the dependency of our own lives on its healthful existence.

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"Tom Hayden changed America," The Atlantic Monthly wrote. One of the most important social and political activists of the twentieth century, Tom Hayden was the founder of Students for a Democratic Society, as well as being one the "Chicago Seven" protestors from the 1968 Democratic Convention. The author of thirteen books, he was a California State Senator from 1982-2000.

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