As part of our “Resources for Your Summer Research” blog series, below are a few titles that you can add to your library to help further your research on the relationship between religion, science, and the environment. 

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For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism by Sarah M. Pike 

“Pike’s For the Wild provides an essential and well-structured resource for scholars interested in the intersection between environmentalism and alternative spiritualities.”Reading Religion

“This remarkable book makes insightful contributions to our understanding of human relationships to the nonhuman world and to the larger study of religion, nature, and ecology.”—David L. Haberman, University of Indiana

Read Sarah’s thoughts on spirituality, morality, and eco-activism.



Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, and the Natural World by Lisa H. Sideris

“A rich and deeply insightful analysis of a family of ambitious historical narratives, each of which is vying to become the new myth everyone lives by. Through careful textual study, Sideris convincingly argues that despite their stated goal of promoting a deep respect and care for the natural world, these narratives may inadvertently undermine development of the environmental ethic they seek to foster.”Reading Religio

“This is an original and potentially controversial book. For those who have interests at the intersection of religion, environment, and philosophy.”—Clare Palmer, Texas A&M University

Read Lisa’s thoughts on cosmic narratives, ecology, and religion.


Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism by Dan McKanan

“Eco-Alchemy makes a solid case for the importance of anthroposophist initiatives to the evolution of modern environmentalism. . . . It deserves a wide readership among those interested in esoteric spirituality, environmental politics, and the controversial interaction between religion and public affairs.Reading Religion

Eco-Alchemy makes an important contribution to our understanding of the environmental movement and, more specifically, the role of agriculture within that movement.”—Whitney Sanford, University of Florida

Read Dan’s thoughts on expanding the environmental imagination.


Morals Not Knowledge: Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict between Religion and Science by John H. Evans

“John H. Evans successfully relocates religious concerns about science from the realm of knowledge to that of moral value. He is by far the best of the sociologists.”—Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“This is just the kind of volume that academics, journalists, and policymakers who are concerned about the future of science need. The kind of synthetic field-building work that Evans does is needed in this burgeoning area.”—Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program for monographs. Visit to learn more.

God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White by Amanda J. Baugh

“Baugh demonstrates the power of first-rate ethnography…. [she] navigate[s] Chicago’s turbulent terrain of race relations with great skill and produce[s] an important study that significantly advances our understanding of religious environmentalism.”Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“Through participant observation and ethnographic interviews, Baugh is able to make a meaningful intervention into discussions of religion and ecology by reflecting on the role of earth stewardship in the context of lived experience.”Journal of American Culture

Read Amanda’s thoughts on the intersection of religion and environmental activism.


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Related Journal

Nova Religio

Nova Religio presents scholarly interpretations and examinations of emergent and alternative religious movements. Original research, perspectives on the study of new religions, literature reviews, and conference updates keep scholars well informed on a wide range of topics including: new religions; new movements within established religious traditions; neo-indigenous, neo-polytheistic and revival movements; ancient wisdom and New Age groups; diasporic religious movements; and marginalized and stigmatized religions.