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Nature religion
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1. Concept

The term “nature religion” is today mostly applied to religions that, unlike the major book religions, make nature itself the sacred heart of their belief system. Such a nature religion has even been declared an essential feature of American cultural history, a position that has been adopted in self-identification by neo-pagan groups espousing modern, nature-based spirituality [1]. This description may be seen as a positive re-interpretation of an olde…

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Stuckrad, Kocku von, “Nature religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024661>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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