God and the Green Divide: Religious Environmentalism in Black and White

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Univ of California Press, Oct 4, 2016 - Religion - 213 pages
American environmentalism historically has been associated with the interests of white elites. Yet religious leaders in the twenty-first century have helped instill concern about the earth among groups diverse in religion, race, ethnicity, and class. How did that happen and what are the implications? Building on scholarship that provides theological and ethical resources to support the “greening” of religion, God and the Green Divide examines religious environmentalism as it actually happens in the daily lives of urban Americans. Baugh demonstrates how complex dynamics related to race, ethnicity, and class factor into decisions to “go green.” By carefully examining negotiations of racial and ethnic identities as central to the history of religious environmentalism, this work complicates assumptions that religious environmentalism is a direct expression of theology, ethics, or religious beliefs.
 

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Contents

Faith in Places First Ten Years
29
Religious Environmentalism in the City
46
Paths Leading to Faith in Place
61
Food and Environment at an African American Church
84
Finding Racial Diversity with Religious Pluralism
109
Faith in Places Religious Message
128
From Grassroots to Mainstream
148
Conclusion
168
Bibliography
199
Index
211
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Amanda J. Baugh is Assistant Professor of Religion and Environment at California State University, Northridge.

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