Karen Armstrong’s recent book, Sacred Nature, seems like it should appeal to Jews who care about the environment. But Sacred Nature surprisingly spends a good deal of ink disparaging the Hebrew Bible and later Judaism. As a rabbi who made a career of taking Jews into wilderness, I generally agree with both the main argument (divinity manifests as the vital force animating the universe, a core assertion of Jewish mysticism) and the goal (motivate people to treat the planet better) of Sacred Nature, which makes the anti-Judaism bias even more upsetting. So much so that I have written a detailed rebuttal.
Please reprint or republish this article, or parts thereof, wherever you like (with proper attribution). My fear is that Jewish readers of Sacred Nature will think that in order to connect to the natural world, they must leave Judaism behind. It's important to respond to Armstrong's fallacious account of Jewish theology. Please help spread the word.