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Sustainability, Ecology, and Religions of the World

Levente Hufnagel

John Wesley Theological College

A pioneering researcher in multidisciplinary eco-theology, ecology, and research methodology, Head of the Research Institute of Multidisciplinary Ecotheology of John Wesley Theological College (Budapest, Hungary), Editor-in-Chief of the "Applied Ecology and Environmental Research" international scientific journal.


Eco-Spirituality Environmental Ethics Sustainable Society Sustainable Development Human Ecology Global Crises Spiritual Traditions Buddhism Atheism Agnosticism Ecological Wisdom Social Justice

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Nowadays the biosphere of our planet and humanity experience a growing global ecological crisis. To overcome this a sustainable society should be established. The global public will, involving international cooperation, and also sustainable lifestyle and new operation of companies, institutions, families, and individuals, is essential for this process. Currently, less than 14% of humans consider themselves particularly atheist or agnostic, thus, the majority has a certain degree of religious affiliation. Guidance of religious leaders, and views in a religious community have a key role in the establishment of the global public will and in strengthening appropriate motivations and attitudes. Ecotheology as a theoretical background and creation protection (environmental stewardship, care for creation) as a practical activity have considerable social significance and international relevance.

This planned book project unites researchers of various fields (not just theology and ecology, religion or environmental science) to reveal the reasons and roots of the current global ecological crises (e.g.: climate change, the biodiversity crisis, environmental pollution, social crisis, information explosion, overpopulation, epidemics) involving also spiritual, motivational, attitudinal, cultural causes besides natural and economic-political causes. Ecotheology examines historical, social, and cultural relations of religious systems, worldviews, and religious practice (or their lack), and global crisis phenomena. This is the theoretical field. However, there is an applied research field, which is in a wider sense creation protection that we interpret as the preservation of the values of the created world by seeking a practical way leading out of the crisis and developing the basic principles of operation of a global sustainable society (such as its educational, social, societal, administrative, and technological solutions and coordination system).

The aim of this book project is to initiate the recovery of humanity from the current global ecological crisis and establish a sustainable society through scientific research.

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Levente Hufnagel

John Wesley Theological College

Dr. Levente Hufnagel is an associate professor and the head of the Research Institute of Multidisciplinary Ecotheology, John Wesley Theological College, Budapest, Hungary. He works on ecology, biogeography, ecological research methodology, and sustainability and has more than twenty years of experience leading Hungarian academic institutions. He has taught and supervised Ph.D., MSc, and BSc students from various social and cultural backgrounds. He has published more than 280 scientific publications (on both aquatic and terrestrial ecological aspects of plants, animals, and microbes at the community as well as population levels) and has more than 1000 independent citations. As a participant in several big ecological research and development projects, Dr. Hufnagel has significant experience in multidisciplinary collaborations (with more than 200 coauthors in different publications). He is editor-in-chief of an international scientific journal. Dr. Hufnagel graduated from Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, with a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Ph.D. in Hydrobiology. He also has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Science from Szent István University as well as other degrees from the Corvinus University of Budapest and Adventist Theological College.

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