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
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.
It appears that what happened in Flint, Michigan may only be the tip of the iceberg.
Flint was under the sole authority of an emergency manager forced on them and appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Jane the Actuary
Republicans say it's Democrats' fault. Democrats say it's the fault of the villianous Republican governor.
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.
This is my position on global warming: I don’t know. I listened to the dueling experts and decided to stop thinking about it.
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.
Rev. Robert Barron
The Pope said, "God always forgives; human beings sometimes forgive; but when nature is mistreated, she never forgives"
Where people are poor, environmental conditions tend to be abysmal; the best way to end poverty isn’t red but blue.
I had this intense feeling of both our infinitesimal insignificance and our inestimable consequence as a species.
Introducing Religion and the Environment
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.
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.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Does than mean he can’t be a good Catholic if he thinks the pope is wrong about global warming?
Deacon Greg Kandra
The poll shows that climate change is a highly politicized issue that sharply divides American Catholics.
There's trouble at the Vatican, where Pope Francis's much anticipated encyclical Laudato Sii was leaked four days early.
What did the revered Vietnamese Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, mean by this? And what did he not mean?
If the leader of the world's largest Christian denomination can issue a progressive statement on the environment, why can't Pagans?
Right wing heretics, left wing heretics, corporatists and nihilists are all sharpening their knives over Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment.
Today is a day for celebration. A day for rekindling that sense of innocent, elated wonder that the natural world fosters.
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.
Frederick M. Denny
Nature is not independently worthwhile but derives its value from God...
Through the Regeneration Project, a campaign to mobilize religious groups in response to global warming, several hundred synagogues have joined the eco-friendly effort.