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Eco churches, eco synagogues, eco Hollywood: 21st-century practical responses to Lynn White, Jr.’s and Andrew Furman’s 20th-century readings of environments in crisis

Cranston, CA ORCID: 0000-0002-6512-2629 2019 , 'Eco churches, eco synagogues, eco Hollywood: 21st-century practical responses to Lynn White, Jr.’s and Andrew Furman’s 20th-century readings of environments in crisis', in S Slovic and S Rangarajan and V Sarveswaran (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication , Routledge, New York, pp. 36-54.

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Abstract

In 1942, Lynn White, Jr. commented on the relationship between history and religion, sayingthat “we stand amid the debris of our inherited religious system” (1942: 156). Later, he wasto carry this thought further, attributing ecological crisis to “the Judeo-Christian dogma ofcreation.” Fifty years on, his essay, “The Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis” (1967),remains a compelling, if controversial, example of how readings of semi-historical texts suchas the Bible can direct ideas and behaviour that impact future events. In particular, Whitepoints to the “dogma of creation, which is found in the first clause of all the Creeds” (1206).

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Authors/Creators:Cranston, CA
Keywords: eco hollywood, eco churches, eco synagogues
Publisher: Routledge
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