What is Muir's overall views on God and nature?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Muir believes in an almost pantheistic view regarding nature and the divine.  From his own experience, Muir believes that the natural world possesses the power of the divine.  Consider that after his vision impairment accident, he sets out on his walk from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico, noting and observing what he sees.  It seems as if in this action there is a great deal of connection between how Muir feels that the natural setting contains much in way of divine power.  Muir's writing about the preservation of the natural setting embraces even more meaning when seen in the context in which he is writing.  Muir recognizes that the increasing industrial tilt to which America is moving is one that could dislodge the divine beauty of nature.  His commitment to the idea of national parks and land that could not be touched by the rising industrialization and economic growth within the nation is reflective of how Muir links nature and the power of the divinity together.  If there is a notion of the divine for Muir, it lies in the natural conditions of the world, justifying his own desire to preserve and maintain it.

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