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Felling Sacred Groves: Appropriation of a Christian Tradition for Antienvironmentalism

Nicole A. Roskos

in Ecospirit

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227457
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236626 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227457.003.0025

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Felling Sacred Groves: Appropriation of a Christian Tradition               for Antienvironmentalism

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The Cross and the Rainforest by Robert Whelan builds its polemic against contemporary environmentalism on the historical Christian precedent of cutting down trees in order to save pagan souls. It represents a corporate-funded Christianity that now implicitly champions, in its support for the globalized economy, deforestation in the name of this ancient, saintly practice of felling the sacred trees. This chapter examines this modern fusion of anti-environmentalism with the enduring Christian fear of paganism. It begins by considering the history and context of this mandate to eradicate sacred groves.

Keywords: Christianity; ecological theology; anti-environmentalism; paganism

Chapter.  3562 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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