The Greening of Protestant Thought

By Robert Booth Fowler

252 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4517-2
    Published: August 1995
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6153-0
    Published: November 2000

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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 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.

About 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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"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. . . . Provides a provocative test case for examination of the interactive nature of religion and American social thought and experience."--Journal of American History

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