Avatar and Nature Spirituality



In this innovative and deeply felt work, Bron Taylor examines the evolution of "green religions" in North America and beyond: spiritual practices that hold nature as sacred and have in many cases replaced traditional religions. Examining a wide range of individuals and groups—environmentalists, surfers, artists, writers, filmmakers, politicians, and scientists—Taylor addresses a central theoretical question: How can environmentally oriented, spiritually motivated individuals and movements be understood as religious when many of them reject religious and supernatural worldviews? The "dark" of the title further expands this idea by emphasizing the depth of believers' passion and also suggesting a potential shadow side: besides uplifting and inspiring, such religion might mislead, deceive, or in some cases precipitate violence. This book provides a fascinating global tour of the green religious phenomenon, enabling readers to evaluate its worldwide emergence and to assess its role in a critically important religious revolution.


To meet the publisher’s space constraints the manuscript (and especially its notes) had to be dramatically reduced. As promised in the book, the missing materials are provided here as supplementary materials, as are further examples through video, music, slideshows, and internet links. These resources illuminate the phenomena and provide a visceral feel for it in ways that words alone cannot. Perspectives written for the popular press and interviews with diverse media provide additional information about Bron Taylor's views about what he discovered in his global inquiry into nature spirituality.

A central purpose of this website is to continue the exploration undertaken in Dark Green Religion and other spotlighted research. Therefore, additional examples will be continually added. These will include examples brought to the author’s attention by readers. Comments are appreciated and hopefully, as the capabilities of this site are enhanced, discussion about these things will be able to occur right here. Please, do not hesitate to contact Bron Taylor with your thoughts on anything you discover in his published work or via this website, adding your comments as well as to how this web space might be improved.
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