'Is God Green?': Evangelicals And The Environment

Legendary journalist Bill Moyers on the growing environmental consciousness of conservative evangelical Christians.
October 10, 2006, 10am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Global warming is not something you can treat abstractly anymore. It's not about the icebergs melting in the Arctic. It's about Katrina blowing your house away in New Orleans. It's what brought Pat Robertson to admit on the 700 Club just a few weeks ago that he's become a convert to the threat of global warming. Reality has undermined ideology, and even theology...Evangelical Christians decided they could no longer ignore the reality, despite what they were being told by their political leaders...Unlike, say, clean drinking water, where simple, practical wisdom was enough to offer you an answer, global warming almost demanded a theological response...To me, the experience of faith is a constant wrestling match, within and without. You wrestle within to reconcile your own interests, needs, and values, and then you go out into the larger world and wrestle honorably with what you find there. That's the difference between a fundamentalist and me, James Dobson and me. He has the answers, which he will announce to the world, and require the world to adopt. I have the questions."

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Published on Thursday, October 5, 2006 in Grist Magazine
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