A Way in the Wilderness: Men and the Environment

by David Douglas

David Douglas lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he writes on environmental and religious issues. He is the author of Wilderness Sojourn, Harpers, l987, and heads the non-profit organization WATERLINES that provides clean drinking water to villages in developing countries.

“A Way in the Wilderness” was first published in The Way: Review of Contemporary Spirituality, October l998. This text was prepared for Religion Online by John C. Purdy.


The author shows the intimate relationship between wilderness and spirituality.

What would the world be, once bereft

Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,

O let them be left, wildness and wet;

Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet

- ‘Inversnaid’, Gerard Manley Hopkins