Between God and Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change

Hardcover | June 27, 2012

byKatharine K. Wilkinson

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Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based effortsare emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care.Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God and Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement's reception within the broaderevangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders viewsea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists. Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism's size, dominance, culturalposition, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.

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Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based effortsare emerging and strengthening to address th...

Katharine K. Wilkinson is a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (D.Phil., Oxford).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199895880

ISBN - 13:9780199895885

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AbbreviationsPrefaceIntroduction1. Chronicling Evangelical Climate Care2. Beginning with the Word3. Advancing Climate Care in Word and Deed4. Negotiating Climate Care's Opposition5. Engaging People in the Pews6. Sowing Seeds of a MovementConclusionAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex