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Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism

Mark Stoll


Religion has profoundly influenced the origins, evolution, and future of American environmentalism. Born of the house of Calvin, environmentalism took its program and acquired its moral power from the (originally) Calvinist denominations Congregationalism and Presbyterianism. Virtually all its founders in the nineteenth century were within a generation of a Congregationalist church. Presbyterian Progressives made conservation, parks, and forests into national causes. Lapsed Presbyterians led environmentalism’s postwar rise. In recent decades other denominations, notably Baptists, Catholics, an ... More

Keywords: religion, environmentalism, conservation, United States, history, nature, landscape art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190230869
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190230869.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Stoll, author
Associate Professor of History and Director of Environmental Studies, Texas Tech University