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Chronicling Evangelical Climate Care

Katharine K. Wilkinson

in Between God and Green

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895885
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949861 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895885.003.0001
Chronicling Evangelical Climate Care

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The roots of climate care run deep into American evangelicalism's past, fostering its emergence and molding its contours. As one phenomenon within the patchwork of contemporary evangelicalism, climate care is affected by the community's broader dynamics and trends. It also affects them. This chapter discusses how evangelical interest in climate change, developed out of more than three decades of evangelical engagement with broader environmental issues. While evangelicals have often been cast as anti-environmental, mainstream evangelical leaders and scholars long displayed receptivity to the concerns of environmentalism—though to different degrees and at different points in time. This history has two main axes: first, the process of building a theology of creation care and, second, the process of putting that ecotheology into practice.

Keywords: climate care; American evangelicalism; climate change; environmentalism; ecotheology; creation care

Chapter.  6825 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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