Political Theory

Environmental Calvinism and Liberty


This conference explored the religious roots of contemporary environmentalism, in particular the ways in which environmentalism draws upon a Calvinist inspiration even as it obscures these Protestant origins within secular rhetoric.


Conference Readings

The Way: The Living Bible Illustrated. Edited by Kenneth Taylor. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, 1972.

Brower, David Ross. For Earth’s Sake: The Life and Times of David Brower . Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1990.

Calvin, John. Calvin’s Institutes: A New Compend. Edited by Hugh T. Kerr . Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1989.

Dunlap, Thomas R. Faith in Nature: Environmentalism as a Religious Quest . Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004.

Edwards, Jonathan. Theology: The Basic Readings. Edited by Alister M. McGrath. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd., 2008.

Ekirch, Arthur A. Jr. Man and Nature in America . New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems. Edited by Robert D. Richardson, Jr. New York, NY: Bantam Classics , 1990.

Foreman, Dave. Confessions of An Eco-Warrior . New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1991.

Foster, David and John D. Aber. Forests in Time: The Environmental Consequences of 1,000 Years of Change in New England . New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004.

Haught, John F. Is Nature Enough?: Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science . New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Manes, Christopher. Green Rage: Radical Environmentalism and the Unmaking of Civilization. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1990.

McPhee, John. Encounters with the Archdruid. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Inc., 1971.

Miller, Perry. Errand into the Wilderness. London: Harvard University Press, 1956.

Muir, John. John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir. Edited by Linnie Marsh Wolfe. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1979.

Nash, Roderick . Wilderness and the American Mind . New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1973.

Nelson, Robert H. "Unoriginal Sin: The Judeo-Christian Roots of Ecotheology." Policy Review (Summer 1990): 52-59.

Oelschlaeger, Max. Caring for Creation: An Ecumenical Approach to the Environmental Crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

Stoll, Mark, "Creating Ecology: Protestants and the Moral Community of Creation." in Religion and the New Ecology: Environmental Prudence in a World in Flux, Edited by David M. Lodge and Christopher S. Hamlin, 53-69. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006.

Stoll, Mark. "Green versus Green: Religions, Ethics, and the Bookchin-Foreman Dispute." Environmental History 6, no. 3 (July 2001): 412-423 .

Wilson, Edward O. The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2006.

Worster, Donald. The Wealth of Nature: Environmental History and the Ecological Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Inc., 1993.