Devoted to Nature Paperback

The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism

by Evan Berry;

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Devoted to Nature

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Devoted to Nature explores the religious underpinnings of American environmentalism, tracing the theological character of American environmental thought from their Romantic foundations to contemporary nature spirituality. During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, religious sources were the central conceptual ingredients of the American environmental imagination, shaping ideas about the natural world, establishing practices of engagement with environments and landscapes, and generating new modes of social and political interaction. Following a lineage of environmental historians who acknowledge the movement's religious roots, this study offers a potent theoretical corrective designed to clarify how such religious characteristics remained publicly vital components of the movement well into the 20th century. In particular, Berry argues that an explicitly Christian understanding of salvation grounded the environmental movement's orientation toward the natural world.
Theologically derived concepts about salvation, redemption, and spiritual progress not only provide the basic context for Americans enthusiastic about the out-of-doors, they also establish the horizons of possibility for the national environmental imagination.

Devoted to Nature by Evan Berry was published by University of California Press in August 2015. The ISBN for Devoted to Nature is 9780520285736.

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Details for Devoted to Nature

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (August 2015)
Number of Pages272
Thickness17 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4324305
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