To Care For Creation: The Emergence Of The Religious Environmental Movement by Stephen EllingsonTo Care For Creation: The Emergence Of The Religious Environmental Movement by Stephen Ellingson

To Care For Creation: The Emergence Of The Religious Environmental Movement

byStephen Ellingson

Paperback | August 26, 2016

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Controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll proclaimed from a conference stage in 2013, “I know who made the environment and he’s coming back and going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV.” The comment, which Driscoll later explained away as a joke, highlights what has been a long history of religious anti-environmentalism. Given how firmly entrenched this sentiment has been, surprising inroads have been made by a new movement with few financial resources, which is deeply committed to promoting green religious traditions and creating a new environmental ethic.

To Care for Creation chronicles this movement and explains how it has emerged despite institutional and cultural barriers, as well as the hurdles posed by logic and practices that set religious environmental organizations apart from the secular movement. Ellingson takes a deep dive into the ways entrepreneurial activists tap into and improvise on a variety of theological, ethical, and symbolic traditions in order to issue a compelling call to arms that mobilizes religious audiences. Drawing on interviews with the leaders of more than sixty of these organizations, Ellingson deftly illustrates how activists borrow and rework resources from various traditions to create new meanings for religion, nature, and the religious person’s duty to the natural world.
Stephen Ellingson is associate professor of sociology at Hamilton College. He is the author of The Megachurch and the Mainline, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Title:To Care For Creation: The Emergence Of The Religious Environmental MovementFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 26, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

One / A Greener Faith
Two / The Emergence of the Religious Environmental Movement
Three / Mission, Strategy, and the Search for Legitimacy
Four / Creating Religious Environmental Traditions
Five / Coalition Building and the Politics of Cooperation in the Emergent Movement
Six / Conclusions: Embeddedness, Strategic Choices, and Religious Social Movements

Editorial Reviews

“Ellingson provides a sociological exploration of contemporary faith-based environmental movements in the US. Drawing especially on interviews with movement leaders, he concludes that these movements are as much concerned with the revitalization of religious traditions as they are with saving the environment. . . . In explaining how and why these movements have developed as they have, Ellingson places much emphasis on the realities of "embeddedness" within particular theological/symbolic/cultural traditions. This book will be valuable for those interested in sociological analysis of movement formation and development, specifically in the context of religion. Recommended.”