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Religion and the Environment

It's a common misconception that faith is more concerned with the hereafter than the here-and-now; our faith defines our relationship with the world around us.

What resources might our faith traditions bring to the environmental issues of our day? How do our beliefs inform how we view sustainability, economic growth, and environmental care? What problems might faith traditions be causing in this time of crisis?

Here Patheos writers address climate change, water resources, fossil fuel emissions, and more, as they evaluate the interconnection of our faith traditions and the environment.


Recent Perspectives on Religion and the Environment

Something in the Water: Privilege and Poison in Flint

Something in the Water: Privilege and Poison in Flint

Erin Wathen

What's in the water in Flint is the living embodiment of white privilege; and a living example of how real and present racism still is in our culture.

Bad Protocols and Fake Tests for Lead in Water

Bad Protocols and Fake Tests for Lead in Water

Ed Brayton

It appears that what happened in Flint, Michigan may only be the tip of the iceberg.

Snyder Lies About Responsibility for Flint Water Poisoning

Snyder Lies About Responsibility for Flint Water Poisoning

Ed Brayton

Flint was under the sole authority of an emergency manager forced on them and appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint Water Crisis

Jane the Actuary

Republicans say it's Democrats' fault. Democrats say it's the fault of the villianous Republican governor.

Laudato Si is Brilliant Evangelization

Laudato Si is Brilliant Evangelization

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

The Pope realizes that many outside the church can't hear the message of Christ because of distractions. So he takes lessons from St Paul.

Let’s Talk Global Warming

Let’s Talk Global Warming

Rebecca Hamilton

This is my position on global warming: I don’t know. I listened to the dueling experts and decided to stop thinking about it.

Pro-Earth = Pro-Life

Pro-Earth = Pro-Life

Monique Ocampo

Being Pro-Life to me means going beyond saving the unborn babies. In Laudato Si, Pope Francis being pro-life and puts it on a global scale.

The Influence of Romano Guardini

The Influence of Romano Guardini

Rev. Robert Barron

The Pope said, "God always forgives; human beings sometimes forgive; but when nature is mistreated, she never forgives"

Blue Environmentalism

Blue Environmentalism

Michael Novak

Where people are poor, environmental conditions tend to be abysmal; the best way to end poverty isn’t red but blue.

Eco-Consciousness and Collective Action

Eco-Consciousness and Collective Action

John Halstead

I had this intense feeling of both our infinitesimal insignificance and our inestimable consequence as a species.

Introducing Religion and the Environment

Overview of World Religions and Ecology

Overview of World Religions and Ecology

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

The creative tensions between humans seeking to transcend this world and yearning to be embedded in this world are part of the dynamics of world religions.

Handle with Care: What the Bible Says About Sustainability

Handle with Care: What the Bible Says About Sustainability

Theology of Work Project

God's use of the words subdue and dominion in Genesis 1 do not give us permission to run roughshod over any part of his creation.

More Resources

Good Catholic, Global Warming Skeptic?

Good Catholic, Global Warming Skeptic?

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Does than mean he can’t be a good Catholic if he thinks the pope is wrong about global warming?

Pew Survey: Catholics Divided On Climate Change

Pew Survey: Catholics Divided On Climate Change

Deacon Greg Kandra

The poll shows that climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics.

Hot Times at the Vatican

Hot Times at the Vatican

Kathy Schiffer

There's trouble at the Vatican, where Pope Francis's much anticipated encyclical Laudato Sii was leaked four days early.

Accepting This Civilization Can Be Destroyed

Accepting This Civilization Can Be Destroyed

Domyo Burk

What did the revered Vietnamese Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, mean by this? And what did he not mean?

A Pagan Statement on the Environment

A Pagan Statement on the Environment

John Beckett

If the leader of the world's largest Christian denomination can issue a progressive statement on the environment, why can't Pagans?

Pope's Encyclical Has Both Sides Sharpening Knives

Pope's Encyclical Has Both Sides Sharpening Knives

Rebecca Hamilton

Right wing heretics, left wing heretics, corporatists and nihilists are all sharpening their knives over Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.

Earth Day: A Moment to Celebrate

Earth Day: A Moment to Celebrate

Nathan Hall

Today is a day for celebration. A day for rekindling that sense of innocent, elated wonder that the natural world fosters.

Every Day Should Be Earth Day If You're A Christian

Every Day Should Be Earth Day If You're A Christian

Benjamin L. Corey

Much of the hype over this annual day seems to have dissipated in recent years, but I think it's an important day if you're a Christian.

Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust

Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust

Frederick M. Denny

Nature is not independently worthwhile but derives its value from God...

Green Spiritual Trend: EcoSynagogues

Green Spiritual Trend: EcoSynagogues

E.B. Solomont

Through the Regeneration Project, a campaign to mobilize religious groups in response to global warming, several hundred synagogues have joined the eco-friendly effort.

Religion and a New Environmental Ethic

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