Martin Palmer

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For the New Brunswick politician, see Martin B. Palmer.

Martin Giles Palmer (born 14 October 1953) is the translator of several popular books on Sinology, including Zhuangzi and I Ching. His 2001 book The Jesus Sutras gives a popular and controversial interpretation of early Chinese Christianity as ‘syncretistic’. He is the Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC)[1] and secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC).

An Anglican Christian, Palmer studied theology and religious studies at Cambridge University. He is a regular contributor to the BBC on religious, ethical and historical issues. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4, BBC World Service and BBC TV as a presenter, and is also a contributor to programmes such as In Our Time, Thought for the Day, Nightwaves, and Songs of Praise. He appeared on BBC World Service for a week-long China series in October 2007.[2]

Palmer is Co-Chair of a joint ARC-UNDP programme on the faiths, climate change and the environment, which launched a series of major faith commitments on the environment at Windsor Castle in November 2009 and is now working with a further 30 plus new long term faith commitments which will be launched year in association with UNDP.

Works[edit]

  • Editor, with author Elizabeth Breuilly Christianity and Ecology (1992, World Religions and Ecology Series) ISBN 978-0-304-32374-6
  • Faith in Conservation; New Approaches to Religions and the Environment[3]
  • Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions and Festivals[4]
  • Religions of the World[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sm-agency.co.uk/pages/10/index.html
  2. ^ http://search.bbc.co.uk/search?scope=all&tab=all&q=martin+palmer
  3. ^ Palmer, M and Finlay, V. (2003) Faith in Conservation; New Approaches to Religions and the Environment, Washington DC, The World Bank.
  4. ^ Elizabeth Breuilly, Martin Palmer, Joanne O'Brien, Martin E. Marty (2005) Religions of the World: The Illustrated Guide to Origins, Beliefs, Traditions & Festivals, Transedition Limited and Fernleigh Books Limited
  5. ^ Breuilly, E. and Palmer, M. (1993) Sainsbury's Religions of the World. London: Harper Collins