Pilgrimage through a Burning World : Spiritual Practice and Nonviolent Protest at the Nevada Test Site
For two decades the Nevada Desert Experience has organized nonviolent action at the Nevada Test Site as part of the global movement to end nuclear testing. Pilgrimage through a Burning World illuminates how the Franciscan-based group has crafted a contemporary desert spirituality that integrates religious ritual and political action to grapple with the challenges of an institutionalized and internalized nuclear world. Ken Butigan shows how the annual pilgrimage to the test site has contributed to the personal transformation of people "on both sides of the fence" at the test site and to the worldwide emergence of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 154.9 x 234.2 x 19.6mm | 462.67g
- 01 Aug 2003
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"Through a series of anthropological and theological speculations--coupled with photographs and first-person accounts--Butigan argues that this unique desert pilgrimage/social action reflects a new post-nuclear asceticism capable of bringing traditional spiritual longings into dialogue with contemporary political realities."
About Ken Butigan
Ken Butigan is Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Martin's College and Program Coordinator of the From Violence to Wholeness Program at the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. He is coeditor (with Philip N. Joranson) of Cry of the Environment: Rebuilding the Christian Creation Tradition.