Between God and Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change  -     By: Katharine K. Wilkinson
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Between God and Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change

Oxford University Press / 2012 / Hardcover

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Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. In Between God & Green: How Evangelicals are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based efforts are emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care.

Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God & Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement's reception within the broader evangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders view sea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists.

Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism's size, dominance, cultural position, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0199895880
ISBN-13: 9780199895885
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Despite three decades of scientists' warnings and environmentalists' best efforts, the political will and public engagement necessary to fuel robust action on global climate change remain in short supply. Katharine K. Wilkinson shows that, contrary to popular expectations, faith-based efforts are emerging and strengthening to address this problem. In the US, perhaps none is more significant than evangelical climate care.

Drawing on extensive focus group and textual research and interviews, Between God & Green explores the phenomenon of climate care, from its historical roots and theological grounding to its visionary leaders and advocacy initiatives. Wilkinson examines the movement's reception within the broader evangelical community, from pew to pulpit. She shows that by engaging with climate change as a matter of private faith and public life, leaders of the movement challenge traditional boundaries of the evangelical agenda, partisan politics, and established alliances and hostilities. These leaders view sea-level rise as a moral calamity, lobby for legislation written on both sides of the aisle, and partner with atheist scientists.

Wilkinson reveals how evangelical environmentalists are reshaping not only the landscape of American climate action, but the contours of their own religious community. Though the movement faces complex challenges, climate care leaders continue to leverage evangelicalism's size, dominance, cultural position, ethical resources, and mechanisms of communication to further their cause to bridge God and green.

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Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group (D.Phil., Oxford)

Editorial Reviews


"The research [Wilkinson's Between God & Green] reflects, her careful analysis of the theological and political differences of evangelical leaders, and her efforts to categorize views held by the evangelicals with whom she had group discussions are commendable...Wilkinson's text is also helpful for scholars, leaders, and members of other Christian denominations and religions who struggle with disparate voices that prevent a fully cohesive approach to major issues." --Journal of the American Academy of Religion


"A compelling and detailed narrative that keeps the reader engaged throughout the work... This may be the most detailed and important book on the subject of evangelical concern over climate change." --Sociology of Religion


"This comprehensive account of evangelical involvement in the climate movement offers a good window on one facet of the global warming movement. Faced with the reality of rapid climate shifts, Creation needs these advocates expanding their efforts!"
--Bill McKibben, author of The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation


"Between God & Green is a great story, one where faith breaks free of conventional boundaries and expectations and expresses itself in a profound way on one of the great moral and political challenges of our time, the human threat to the stability of the planet's climate."
--James Gustave Speth, author of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability


"In a world where, all too often, depictions of evangelicals are one-dimensional and simplistic, Wilkinson brings a fresh perspective and extensive research to understanding the complexity of evangelicalism in this wonderfully told story of evangelical climate activism. Concerned to give a complete picture of this important segment of Christian environmentalism in the U.S., she combines discursive analysis of key texts with extensive interviews with key leaders of climate change activism and their critics, as well as everyday church-goers, to paint the best portrait to date of green evangelicals and the challenges they face."
--Laurel Kearns, co-editor of EcoSpirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth


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