Krishnamurti's environmentalist critique of traditional religion: - A - critical appraisal from perennialist perspective

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TitleKrishnamurti's environmentalist critique of traditional religion: - A - critical appraisal from perennialist perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsShah, M. A., & Shah M. M.
Date Published2008
ISBN Number1841-0464
KeywordsEco-metaphysics, Eco-theology, Environmentalism, Krishnamurti, perrenialist

Linking theological discourse to environmentalist agenda in the (post)modem age that contests the traditional notion of God appears quite problematic in modem secularist scientific framework. The absence of traditional idea of God in religions like Buddhism and Taoism also limits the relevance of the expression Eco-theology in overcoming environmental crisis. So we need to shift to metaphysical plane understood in the perennialist traditionalist sense to ground the discourse of Theology. In Metaphysics the term God is replaced by Absolute or (suprapersonal) Reality discernible in all traditional religions, Semitic and non-Semitic according to the perennialists. Dualistic exoteric theology can't be easily appropriated in environmentalist terms and stands always in need of drastic reconstruction or rereading for envirionmentalist purpose. Esoteric dimension of different religions on which the perennialist authors hinge their metaphysical interpretation of religion is generally understood to be ecocentric. The host of problems in the debate begun by Lyn White on ecological appropriation of religion is avoided by taking the integral view of religions in the perennialist fashion that appropriates esoteric dimension and takes a symbolic view of Theology. We need to reread in metaphysical terms such terms as God, creation, man and salvation for ecocentric appropriation of them. Theology is a crude and inexact translation of the truths of traditional Metaphysics. So Ecotheology should be reread as Ecometaphysics for speaking coherently and relevantly to an audience that is post-theological. One may still retain theological framework but with the crucial qualification that Theology is rightly contextualized from a transtheistic metaphysical perspective. The perennialist framework encompasses ecological wisdom of not only all traditional religions but also of archaic wisdom traditions.