Recent Submissions

  • Biblical wilderness--midbar, arabah and eremos 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2016
    Words translated as "wilderness" occur nearly 300 times in the Bible. A formative Hebrew memory is the years of "wandering in the wilderness," mixing experience of wild landscape, of searching for a promised land, and of ...
  • Science 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2005
    Nature is both a scientific and a religious challenge. Nature must be evaluated within cultures, classically by their religions, currently also by the sciences so eminent in Western culture. Religious persons often find ...
  • Aesthetics of nature and the sacred 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2005
    Confronting nature one experiences the archetypes of the world. A living landscape couples dynamism with antiquity and demands an order of aesthetic interpretation that one is unlikely to find in art and its artifacts. A ...
  • Environmental ethics for tomorrow : sustaining the biosphere 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    Sustainability is a big umbrella under which different objectives can be found, sometimes complementary but often conflicting. Do we envision sustainable development? Economic and/or of other kinds? Do we envision sustainable ...
  • Foreword 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2013
    The forty contributors to this anthology are wiser than Socrates. Life in an unexamined world is not worthy living either. They share their accounts, of living well in place, combining nature and culture, residing on ...
  • Placing, displacing, replacing the sacred : science, religion, and spirituality 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    This is a reply to a target article in this issue by Lisa Sideris, "Science as Sacred Myth? Ecospirituality in the Anthropcene Age." Lisa Sideris is right on target, concerned about scientism. Big-history-epic-of-evolution ...
  • Divine presence-causal, cybernetic, caring, cruciform : from information to incarnation 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    The divine Spirit, breathed into matter, is the giver of life, the deepest secret of the evolutionary natural history. The most sophisticated such animation is embodied in Homo sapiens. One might begin with a claim of ...
  • Pipeline will degrade land that we love 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015-08-02
    A proposed natural gas pipeline running through the Valley of Virginia and Rolston's ancestral landscape raises concerns about scarring and degrading a much-loved landscape, also about the safety of a huge steel pipeline ...
  • An ecological pope challenges the Anthropocene Epoch 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2015
    In his recent encyclical Laudatio si', On Care for our Common Home, Pope Francis is a biocentric holist, advocating "integral ecology." He fully recognizes that humans need nature as natural resources, but he limits such ...
  • Generating life on earth : five looming questions 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2006
    Generating life on Earth requires creating information, the serendipitous opening up of novel possibility space, driving escalating biodiversity and biocomplexity. Biologists puzzle whether such natural history is contingent, ...
  • The future of environmental ethics 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2011
    The environment is on the world agenda, also on the ethical frontier, for the foreseeable future. Environmental ethics is, at times, about saving things past, still present. Environmental ethics is equally about future ...
  • [The moral case for saving species] 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1998
    Thirteen philosophers explain why society should give high priority to the Endangered Species Act. Several billion years worth of creative toil, several million species of teeming life, have been handed over to the care ...
  • The irreversibly comatose : respect for the subhuman in human life 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1982
    In the case of the irreversibly comatose patient, though no personal consciousness remains, some moral duty is owed the remaining biological life. Such an ending to human life, if pathetic, is also both intelligible and ...
  • Philosophy and the land ethic 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1998-08
    Environmental ethics was unknown in philosophy until the 1970's, but that was to change rapidly. Dozens of anthologies and systematic works have been published, thousands of articles, and courses are taught in several ...
  • Nature, the genesis of value, and human understanding 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1997
    Many anthropogenic values are indeed important, but I deny that nature is otherwise value free, and recommend to humans a psychological joining (with) ongoing natural history, since there is value wherever there is positive ...
  • Order and disorder in nature, science, and religion 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1993
    Astrophysics and nuclear physics are describing a universe "fine-tuned" for life, although physics has also found a universe with indeterminacy in it. Meanwhile evolutionary and molecular biology seem to be discovering ...
  • Environment 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2013
    Ecology portrays a web of life, interdependence, harmony, life persisting in the midst of its perpetual perishing. Such nature commands appropriate respect. Both theism and ecology find a dynamic, enduring Earth and face ...
  • Learning how to think like a mountain 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:2012-08-12
    Holmes Rolston reports on a search to find the site where Aldo Leopold shot a wolf and watched the green fire in her dying eyes, learning to think like a mountain, Apache National Forest, Arizona. Thinking big in the big outdoors.
  • Science education and moral education 

    Contributor:Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date:1988
    Both science and ethics are embedded in cultural tradi¬tions where truths are shared through education; both need com¬petent critics educated within such traditions. Education in both ought to be directed although moral ...

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