Religion and Sustainability in China

Visiting a Daoist temple near Taiyuan, Shaanxi This reseach topic has been my major focus for the past decade, funded in part by grants from Queen’s University, the Social Sciences and Humanities…

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Transfiguration, Spirituality and Embodiment: Perspectives from Christian and Daoist Scriptures

The Transfiguration, by Raphael, c. 1520

变容、属灵与体认: 基督教及道教经典的观点 James Miller. 2016. “Transfiguration, Spirituality and Embodiment: Perspectives from Christian and Daoist Scriptures.” Bijiao jingxue 比较经学 (Journal of Comparative Scripture), 7:9-33. Abstract Biblical and Daoist narratives bear witness a tradition of transfiguration, in which spiritual transformation is revealed through the appearance of the religious practitioner. In the Biblical tradition this occurs in the context…

Late Night Live on ABC Radio National

Daoism: China’s green religion From ABC Radio National With the US shrinking from the Paris Agreement, all eyes are on China to become the world leader on climate change. How China balances economic growth with environmental responsibility, could change the environmental trajectory of the entire planet. Academic James Miller argues there is just one stumbling…

Daoism, Ecology and Undisciplining the University

On October 14, 2016, I made a presentation at Harvard Divinity School on Daoism and Ecology. The context for this presentation was conference on Religion, Ecology, and our Planetary Future, organized by Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. This conferenced marked the twentieth anniversary of a series of conferences on world religions and ecology that was organized in the 1990s by Mary Evelyn Tucker, and which led to the formation of the Harvard Forum on Religion and Ecology, now translated to the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology.

In this ten-minute talk I reflect on my experience of studying Daoism and Ecology, and attempt to link this to a broader conversation on how the disciplinary structures of the university underpin modes of knowledge production that are antithetical to an ecologically flourishing future. The future of religion and ecology thus entails the ushering in of new modes of thought spanning the sciences and humanitities, and requires an accompanying undsciplining of the university.

Learn more about my “outside-in” philosophy of education.