In Sacred Mountains, Andrew R. H. Thompson highlights scenes such as these in order to propose a Christian ethical analysis of the controversial mining practice that has increasingly divided the nation and has often led to fierce and even violent confrontations. Thompson draws from the arguments of H. Richard Niebuhr, whose work establishes an ideal foundation for understanding Appalachia. Thompson provides a thorough introduction to the issues surrounding surface mining, including the environmental consequences and the resultant religious debates, and highlights the discussions being carried out in the media and by scholarly works. He also considers five popular perspectives (ecofeminism, liberation theology, environmental justice, environmental pragmatism, and political ecology) and offers his own framework and guidelines for moral engagement with the subject.
Thompson's arguments add to the work of other ethicists and theologians by examining the implications of culture in a variety of social, historical, and religious contexts. A groundbreaking and nuanced study that looks past the traditionally conflicting stereotypes about religion and environmental consciousness in Appalachia, Sacred Mountains offers a new approach that unifies all communities, regardless of their beliefs.
|Publisher:||University Press of Kentucky|
|Series:||Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Table of Contents
Preface: Ethics in Its Place ix
Introduction: Overturning Mountains 1
1 Downstream Impacts: Environmental, Economic, and Social Effects of Mountaintop Removal 17
2 Environmental Ethics and the Construction of Values 33
3 Relation, Revelation, and Revolution: A Theocentric Approach to Mountaintop Removal 57
4 The Meanings of the Mountains; Discourses of Power, Identity, and Destruction in the Mountaintop Removal Debate 81
5 All My Holy Mountain: Power, Identity, and Reclamation from a Theocentric Perspective 105
6 Loving the Mountains: Conclusions, Challenges, and Ways Forward 127