Laudato Energy Abundance

While it has been pointed out repeatedly by your writer and others in this space that Pope Francis’ Laudato Si contains much to recommend it for the beauty, compassion and depth of spirituality contained within, there remains much that is problematic. Continue Reading...

The Challenge of Biocentrism

(This essay originally appeared in full in Creation At Risk? Religion, Science, and Environmentalism, Michael Cromartie, ed.,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1995) … I am profoundly unhappy with the direction of current environmental philosophy, and most especially because I am a Christian. Continue Reading...

Interview: John C. Kennedy III on Pope Francis in America

In late September, the Wall Street Journal asked Catholic business leaders for their reaction to Pope Francis’ economic views in an article titled, “For Business, a Papal Pushback.” It ran with the teaser line: “Corporate leaders see merit in pope’s message, if not his broad-brush attack on capitalism.” Journal writer Scott Calvert interviewed Acton Research Director Samuel Gregg for his story. Continue Reading...

A Creature among Creatures or Lord of Creation? The Vocation of Dominion in Christian Theology

The apologetic context of the doctrine of creation in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century is the supposed ecological crisis of modern civilization. Lynn White Jr. articulated the classic critique of Christianity as the driving force behind the modern ecological crisis, saying that Christianity bears “a huge burden of guilt.” White linked the rise of ecologically destructive science and technology. Continue Reading...

Stewardship Without Prices and Private Property? Modern Evangelical Environmentalism’s Struggle to Value Nature

The cultural revolution of the 1960s and early 1970s did not bypass Christian evangelicalism, which, until then was mostly conservative, relatively patriotic, and remarkably apolitical in its outlook. Among the areas to experience sea changes were civil rights for black Americans (evangelicals had largely been indifferent or openly hostile to black advancement), marriage and the family (as divorce and other problems in evangelical households seemed to mirror the trends of secular Americans), and environmental issues. Continue Reading...

Getting into Hot Water: Evangelicals and Global Warming

The true beginning of the evangelical debate over global warming was marked by the creation of the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance in 2000. This group of conservative Jews, Catholics, and Protestants expressed concern about the natureand content of the growing debate over anthropogenic global warming. Continue Reading...

Environmental Theology: A Judeo-Christian Defense

Much of the modern environmental movement has found it necessary to develop new theologies of nature and humanity. However, the traditional beliefs of Judaism and Christianity provide a better perspective on nature and offer ample grounding for a realistic environmental ethic. Continue Reading...

Ecological Confusion among the Clergy

Increasingly, Judeo-Christian leaders and organizations take stands on United States public policy issues related to the environment, natural resources, and land use. Since God fashioned creation, they reason, it is sacred and must be protected. Continue Reading...