Where Science & Religion Meet: The Natural World

People sometimes ask me where I fall in the science-religion debates. I teach the one (religion), I study and often write about the other (science). But I think both science and religion can skip too quickly over what ought to be the main attraction: the natural world. The world…

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12 Ways to Give Back to the Earth

We may be deeply aware, during this season of giving, that our lives depend on the gifts of the Earth. So how can we give back to the Earth? Here are 12 close-to-home ways to practice all year round. 1. Eat closer to home. The average American…

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A More Generous Way: Yoga as Opening

I walk into Wendy Bramlett’s Saturday morning class in Boulder, Colorado, and choose a spot at the far corner, in the shadows. Here I can turn my face to the wall and let the tears come, if they do. I am new in town, and I am…

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Holy $hit!

In English it’s a throwaway phrase, a cussword—but for some people it’s literally true: shit is holy. For farmers in India, life begins in “that amazing gift from cows,” says physicist and food activist Vandana Shiva. I don’t know how many of you are aware, the reason…

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