The Greening of Protestant Thought

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The Greening of Protestant Thought traces the increasing influence of environmentalism on American Protestantism since the first Earth Day, which took place in 1970. Robert Booth Fowler explores the extent to which ecological concerns permeate Protestant thought and examines contemporary controversies within and between mainline and fundamentalist Protestantism over the Bible's teachings about the environment. Fowler explores the historical roots of environmentalism in Protestant thought, including debates over ...

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Overview

The Greening of Protestant Thought traces the increasing influence of environmentalism on American Protestantism since the first Earth Day, which took place in 1970. Robert Booth Fowler explores the extent to which ecological concerns permeate Protestant thought and examines contemporary controversies within and between mainline and fundamentalist Protestantism over the Bible's teachings about the environment. Fowler explores the historical roots of environmentalism in Protestant thought, including debates over God's relationship to nature and the significance of the current environmental crisis for the history of Christianity. Although he argues that mainline Protestantism is becoming increasingly 'green,' he also examines the theological basis for many fundamentalists' hostility toward the environmental movement. In addition, Fowler considers Protestantism's policy agendas for environmental change, as well as the impact on mainline Protestant thinking of modern eco-theologies, process and creation theologies, and ecofeminism.

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Highly recommended for all readers and libraries.

Choice

A clear guide to the contours and variety of contemporary American Protestantism's engagement with the ecology movement.

Journal of American History

This well-done study is full of detail and can serve as a general introduction to environmental thought.

Theology Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807845172
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 0.58 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Booth Fowler is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of several books, including Unconventional Partners: Religion and Liberal Culture in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Protestants Face the Environment 13
Ch. 2 The Bible as (Contested) Foundation 28
Ch. 3 Dissent and Protestant Fundamentalism 45
Ch. 4 The Argument over Christianity 58
Ch. 5 Stewardship 76
Ch. 6 Toward Eco-Theology 91
Ch. 7 Process Environmentalism 108
Ch. 8 The Ecofeminist Challenge 123
Ch. 9 The Protestant Environmentalist Agenda 141
Ch. 10 Politics and the Means to Change 159
Conclusion 175
Notes 181
Bibliography 207
Scripture Index 237
General Index 238
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