Loving the Whole World: David Haberman on Finding the Divine in the Landscape of India – And Beyond

Dr. David Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Much of his work focuses on Hindu temple worship traditions of northern India, where he has spent a great deal of time studying how worshippers encounter the sacred in stones, trees, rivers, and all of the more-than-human world. In this conversation I reconnect with my undergraduate mentor from decades ago to discuss the intersection of religion and ecology as it unfolds in the richly diverse religious landscape of India – and beyond.

Related Resources:

More about David Haberman: https://religiousstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/haberman-david.html

Books by David:

River of Love in an Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India (University of California Press, 2006)

People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Loving Stones: Worship of Mount Govardhan: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Understanding Climate Change through Religious Lifeworlds (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2021)

Book mentioned on the podcast:

War against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin, by Carlos Eire (Cambridge University Press, 1986)

Earth & Spirit Center homepage: https://earthandspiritcenter.org/