American Identity and Environmentalism

Catherine Albanese published an interesting book many years ago, “Nature Religion in America”, where she shows the relationship of the religious status of nature in the American context. She has some provocative and insightful quotes like the ones below, that make the case of how distinctively Americans view nature: “Americans learned to understand the sublimity […]

Animal Species: The New, Extinct and Bizarre

While there is a study indicating that animal species extinction rates are overestimated, some by 160%, there are also some new species that are discovered. Here is a little article with the decades top 10 new discoveries. Number one is pictured. The bizarre concerns animal serial killers, and their investigators. Some are calling this animal […]

Peace, Love and Nature… a different take

Here is a different angle to the relationship to the iconic “Peace and Love” of the 60’s, and the philo-environmentalism associated to it. Fr. Cantalamessa, the Pope’s preacher. His talk is called “God is Love” delivered in his Lenten Homily series. We heard Cantalamessa before on creation and the spiritual life during Advent. The key […]

The New American Dream and Secular Spiritualists

In an interesting artcice in the BBC expert pollster John Zogby describes the new trends in American culture. Read the full article here. He highlights how the new generation is redefining the American Dream which includes the following key elements: the most important feature is the growth of Secular Spiritualists and the rejection of materialism. […]

Natural and Unnatural disasters

  Recently there have been two different ‘disasters’ which have had environmental impacts on remote islands. This provides an interesting case for us to identify our own understanding of what is natural. The first is in the Galapagos Islands, which have suffered the effects of the tsunami that has caused so much harm in Japan. […]

Tsunami Wave Images

Here are some incredible images of the wave displacement from the tsunami. This image is a simulation of the globe-spanning waves generated by the earthquake off east coast of Japan’s Honshu Island. Below is a video animation of the wave pattern made by NOAA. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBZGH3yieLc] The power of nature is impressive. Here is an analysis taken from […]

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