© 2001

Nature and Technology in the World Religions

  • Peter Koslowski

Part of the A Discourse of the World Religions book series (DOWR, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peter Koslowski
    Pages 1-17
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 146-155

About this book


Technology and the control of nature have arisen from the endeavor to reduce the neediness of human life. Since this reduction is also the goal of religions, there is a necessary proximity between religion and technology. The relationship of humans to nature and technology is an object of religious doctrine and ethics in all of the world's religions. The interpretations and the norms of the treatment of nature in economy and technology, but also the veneration of nature in nature-mysticism and its elevation in cult and sacrament, are forms of expression of the relationship to nature in religions. The development of the modern control of nature through technology appears to be connected to the biblical commission to rule over nature. Buddhism and Hinduism, however, also interpret technology and human control of nature.
Technological power raises the question of how the normativeness of the created order intended by religion's concept of creation relates to the human freedom to reshape creation. What answers do religions give to the question of the humane form of technology and the limits to technological power and human control of nature?
Leading scholars of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism have created with this volume a first-hand source of information which enables the reader to gain a better understanding of these five world religions and their teachings on nature and technology.


Christianity Hinduism Jainism Judaism Religion concept humanism humans interpret liberty mysticism naturalism nature object reduction

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Koslowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Hannover Institute of Philosophical ResearchHannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nature and Technology in the World Religions
  • Editors P. Koslowski
  • Series Title A Discourse of the World Religions
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0188-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5901-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-2394-7
  • Series ISSN 1572-5545
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 155
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Religious Studies, general
    History, general
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