More timely and necessary than ever in the wake of recent calamities like Hurricane Katrina and the Republican war against the environment, The Lost Gospel of the Earth is legendary activist Tom Hayden’s eco-spiritual call for revamping traditional religious doctrine to reflect a greater environmental consciousness, which he believes is the only way to save the planet from catastrophe. Drawing upon the historical seeds of the major world religions—Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, as well as Native American traditions—Hayden shows how only an enlightened partnership between religion, politics and the natural world can reverse the environmental disaster we have heaped upon the planet and lead to a rediscovery of the lost gospel of the earth.
This all-new edition of The Lost Gospel of the Earth has been completely revised and updated to reflect the major developments of the past decade.
Praise for the original edition:
“ … a lucid analysis of how the errant path we have taken [has] led us to a state of fundamental alienation from the elemental world.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Such a book is urgently needed. Tom Hayden is precisely the person to do it.”—Thomas Berry.
Tom Hayden was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society and author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement, described by Howard Zinn as “one of those historic documents which represents an era.” He was also one of the famous “Chicago Seven” protesters during the 1968 Democratic convention. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, and to the State Senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all.