Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism

Hardcover | June 12, 2015

byMark Stoll

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In Inherit the Holy Mountain, historian Mark Stoll introduces us to the religious roots of the American environmental movement. Religion, he shows, provided environmentalists both with deeply-embedded moral and cultural ways of viewing the world and with content, direction, and tone for thecauses they espoused.Stoll discovers that specific denominational origins corresponded with characteristic sets of ideas about nature and the environment as well as distinctive aesthetic reactions to nature, as can be seen in key works of art analyzed throughout the book. Stoll also provides insight into the possible future of environmentalism in the United States, concluding with an examination of the current religious scene and what it portends for the future. By debunking the supposed divide between religion and American environmentalism, Inherit the Holy Mountainopens up a fundamentally new narrative in environmental studies.

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In Inherit the Holy Mountain, historian Mark Stoll introduces us to the religious roots of the American environmental movement. Religion, he shows, provided environmentalists both with deeply-embedded moral and cultural ways of viewing the world and with content, direction, and tone for thecauses they espoused.Stoll discovers that spec...

Mark Stoll is Associate Professor of History and Director of Environmental Studies at Texas Tech University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 0.98 inPublished:June 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019023086X

ISBN - 13:9780190230869

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Table of Contents

DedicationEpigraphContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Calvinism and Nature: American Foundations2. Origins of Conservation in the Puritan Landscape3. Building the Moral Society: Farms, Forests, and Parks4. Nature, Parks, and Emersonian Modernism5. Progressive Presbyterian Conservation6. Presbyterians and the Environmental Movement7. Nature and New England's Outsiders8. A New EraConclusionAppendixNotesIndex

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"Thoughtful and fascinating, with carefully crafted prose and clearly organized evidence, this book provides a new lens on the history of both religion and the environment in America, showcasing not only the facts but also the motivations while providing new insights into the past and future."--Publishers Weekly