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Saving the Creation: Christian Environmentalism in the United States*

Laurel Kearns

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 57, issue 1, pages 55-70
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 1069-4404
e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Saving the Creation: Christian Environmentalism in the United States*

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In the mid 1980s, religious environmental activism in the United States increased dramatically. Based on field study of this emerging movement, this paper proposes three models or ethics of Christian-related eco-theology: Christian stewardship, eco-justice, and creation spirituality. As a portrait of the boundaries of this movement, the paper focuses in detail on Christian stewardship and creation spirituality. It then examines religious environmentalism through the cultural shift/change frameworks of McLaughlin, Swidler, Inglehart, Beckford, and Robertson.

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