Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What Hath Lynn White Wrought?

John Nagle recently posted "What Hath Lynn White Wrought?", a short piece discussing White's influential article, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis” (Science 10 March 1967: Vol. 155 no. 3767 pp. 1203-1207). The abstract:
Lynn White Jr.
Lynn White’s 1967 article on “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis” famously blamed Christianity for modern environmental problems. White’s historical analysis viewed Christianity for cultivating a dismissive view toward nature and for embracing technology in a way that resulted in unchecked pollution and extinctions. Since White wrote his article, Christian scholars have accepted the challenge that White’s diagnosis presented. Other nations, perhaps most notably China, have experienced crippling environmental destruction even in the absence of a legacy of Christian thought. More positively, White’s thesis has encouraged a generation of scholars to explore the positive aspects of Christian thought for environmental policy.

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