God and the Green Divide

Religious Environmentalism in Black and White

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Amanda J. Baugh
  • Oakland, CA: 
    University of California Press
    , October
     205 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Christopher Hrynkow forthcoming.


This book is also being reviewed in JAAR by David N. Pellow.

American environmentalism historically has been associated with the interests of white elites. Yet religious leaders in the twenty-first century have helped instill concern about the earth among groups diverse in religion, race, ethnicity, and class. How did that happen and what are the implications? Building on scholarship that provides theological and ethical resources to support the “greening” of religion, God and the Green Divide examines religious environmentalism as it actually happens in the daily lives of urban Americans. Baugh demonstrates how complex dynamics related to race, ethnicity, and class factor into decisions to “go green.” By carefully examining negotiations of racial and ethnic identities as central to the history of religious environmentalism, this work complicates assumptions that religious environmentalism is a direct expression of theology, ethics, or religious beliefs.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Amanda J. Baugh is assistant professor of religion and environment at California State University, Northridge.

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