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God Is Green; or, A New Theology of Indulgence

Jeffrey W. Robbins

in Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780823238958
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823238996 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823238958.003.0011
God Is Green; or, A New Theology of Indulgence

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This chapter offers a contemporary account of the relationship between theology and energy by examining three vignettes from the early 1970s. The first is the publication of Vine Deloria's landmark work God is Red, wherein matters of matters of ecology, land, and space were brought to the fore in contemporary theology. The second is the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, wherein it is shown how the failure to provide a sustainable energy policy has contributed to the apocalyptical doom instrumental in the political mobilization of the religious right. The third is the so-called “Nixon Shock,” wherein the collapse of the gold standard can be seen as the equivalent to the death of God.

Keywords: Death of God; gold standard; Nixon Shock; Vine Deloria; God is Red; Arab Oil Embargo; ecology; energy

Chapter.  5054 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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