Join us as we celebrate the release of Alan Levinovitz’s new book on the meaning of nature and naturalness, Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science. A signing will follow. This event will be free and open to the public.
About the Book: People love what’s natural: it’s the best way to eat, the best way to parent, even the best way to act—naturally, just as Mother Nature intended. But is that really true? In this groundbreaking book, scholar of religion Alan Levinovitz highlights the many problems with thinking “natural” means “good.” Readers embark on an epic journey, from Peruvian rainforests to the backcountry in Yellowstone Park, from a “natural” bodybuilding competition to a “natural” cancer-curing clinic. The result shatters faith in Nature’s goodness and points to a better alternative—loving nature without worshiping it.
About the Author: Alan Levinovitz is an associate professor of religion at James Madison University, where he specializes in classical Chinese thought and the intersection of religion, philosophy, and science. In addition to academic journals, his work has appeared in Wired, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Aeon, Vox, Slate, and elsewhere.