Neither Hinduism nor Christianity had or have 'ecology' as their central focus. A contemporary Hindu or Christian ecology can be developed by rethinking and restructuring traditional teachings, amplifying seminal statements and linking these up with the dominating concern of the late 20th century, to 'save the earth'. In the context of a 'science and religion' seminar some years back one of my colleagues from the life sciences remarked: 'What we need today is an ecological messiah'. The task before us is that of the one preparing the way for such an ecological messiah, pulling together strands of Hindu and Christian traditional symbolism and doctrine conducive to a religious ecology.

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