Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism

Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism


Devoted to Nature explores the spiritual underpinnings of yankee environmentalism, tracing the theological personality of yank environmental idea from its Romantic foundations to modern nature spirituality. through the Gilded Age and the revolutionary period, spiritual resources have been relevant to the formation of the yankee environmental mind's eye, shaping rules concerning the flora and fauna, setting up practices of engagement with environments and landscapes, and producing new modes of social and political interplay. construction at the paintings of seminal environmental historians who recognize the environmental movement’s spiritual roots, Evan Berry deals a effective theoretical corrective to the narrative that defined the presence of spiritual parts within the move good into the 20th century. specifically, Berry argues that an explicitly Christian realizing of salvation underlies the movement’s orientation towards the wildlife. Theologically derived strategies of salvation, redemption, and religious growth haven't simply supplied the elemental context for american citizens’ ardour for nature yet have additionally proven the horizons of threat in the nationwide environmental imagination.

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