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Author Berry, R. J. (Robert James)

Title Ecology and the environment : the mechanisms, marring, and maintenance of nature / R.J. Berry
Published West Conshohocken, PA : Templeton Press, [2011]
©2011
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 232 pages)
Series Templeton science and religion series
Templeton science and religion series.
Contents Cover; Cover; Half Title Page; Half Title Page; Dedication; Dedication; Title Page; Title Page; Copyright; Copyright; Contents; Contents; Preface; Preface; Chapter 1: Ecology--The Study of Place; Chapter 1: Ecology--The Study of Place; Chapter 2: A Green Machine; Chapter 2: A Green Machine; Chapter 3: From Deluge to Biogeography; Chapter 3: From Deluge to Biogeography; Chapter 4: Stewardship and Ecological Services; Chapter 4: Stewardship and Ecological Services; Chapter 5: Environmental Literacy; Chapter 5: Environmental Literacy; Chapter 6: The Proper Study of Mankind
Chapter 6: The Proper Study of MankindChapter 7: The Most Dangerous Species; Chapter 7: The Most Dangerous Species; Chapter 8: God's Two Books; Chapter 8: God's Two Books; Acknowledgments; Acknowledgments; Notes; Notes; Further Reading; Further Reading; Index; Index
Summary Ecology and the Environment: The Mechanisms, Marring, and Maintenance of Nature is the ninth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. In this volume, R.J. Berry, a well-known leader in the field of ecology, describes the basic concepts in ecology and seeks to put them into a general context for a reader who lacks any scientific background. Berry explores the implications of these basic concepts and how they affect human life and the decisions we have to make, both as individuals and as members of a species which has colonized and influenced every part of the globe. He points out that we are a part of the animal world, but at the same time we are apart from it, and he makes it clear that how we relate to our environment affects the quality of our life--indeed it may affect our very survival. Going well beyond a simple introduction of concepts, the book goes on to explore wider questions about the nature of humanity and how human ecology relates to humanness. Berry proposes that we are more than machines or even advanced apes--we are Homo divinus, transformed from an organism descended from the same stock as the apes but qualitatively different and able to relate to a creator God. The book argues that those who conclude otherwise are neglecting relevant data
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ecology.
Environmentalism.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011018951
ISBN 1283286742
1599473992 (electronic bk.)
9781283286749
9781599473994 (electronic bk.)