Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism

Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism

by Mark Stoll

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Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism by Mark Stoll

In Inherit the Holy Mountain, historian Mark Stoll introduces us to the religious roots of the American environmental movement. Religion, he shows, provided environmentalists both with deeply-embedded moral and cultural ways of viewing the world and with content, direction, and tone for the causes they espoused.

Stoll discovers that specific denominational origins corresponded with characteristic sets of ideas about nature and the environment as well as distinctive aesthetic reactions to nature, as can be seen in key works of art analyzed throughout the book.

Stoll also provides insight into the possible future of environmentalism in the United States, concluding with an examination of the current religious scene and what it portends for the future. By debunking the supposed divide between religion and American environmentalism, Inherit the Holy Mountain opens up a fundamentally new narrative in environmental studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190697945
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mark Stoll is Associate Professor of History and Director of Environmental Studies at Texas Tech University.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Calvinism and Nature: American Foundations
2. Origins of Conservation in the Puritan Landscape
3. Building the Moral Society: Farms, Forests, and Parks
4. Nature, Parks, and Emersonian Modernism
5. Progressive Presbyterian Conservation
6. Presbyterians and the Environmental Movement
7. Nature and New England's Outsiders
8. A New Era
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Index

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