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A Greener FaithReligious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future$
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Roger S. Gottlieb

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176483

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176483.001.0001

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Obstacles, Prospects, Hope

Obstacles, Prospects, Hope

(p.215) Chapter 8 Obstacles, Prospects, Hope
A Greener Faith

Roger S. Gottlieb

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 focuses on the functions of religious environmentalism in the larger context. The chapter discusses the threats to environmentalists commitments and coming to grips with these forces: consumerism, fundamentalism, and globalization, which are dominant forces in the world's culture, politics, and economics. Here in this chapter, emphasis is given on a greater role of religious environmentalism in the broad tradition of progressive political movements, those that have historically fought for an expanded sense of democratic participation (for racial minorities, women, or colonized peoples), an enlarged arena of public concern (social welfare programs, public health), and limits on the undemocratic powers of either corporations or the state.

Keywords:   religious environmentalism, consumerism, fundamentalism, globalization, democratic participation

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