Protestantism, Capitalism, And Nature In America Mark Stoll

ISBN: 9780826317803

Published: April 1st 1997

Hardcover

276 pages


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Protestantism, Capitalism, And Nature In America  by  Mark Stoll

Protestantism, Capitalism, And Nature In America by Mark Stoll
April 1st 1997 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 276 pages | ISBN: 9780826317803 | 7.79 Mb

Environmentalists have often blamed Protestantism for justifying the human exploitation of nature, but the author of this cultural history argues that, in America, hard-boiled industrialists and passionate environmentalists sprang from the sameMoreEnvironmentalists have often blamed Protestantism for justifying the human exploitation of nature, but the author of this cultural history argues that, in America, hard-boiled industrialists and passionate environmentalists sprang from the same Protestant root. Protestant Christianity Calvinism especially both helped industrialists like James J Hill rationalise their utilisation of nature for economic profit and led environmental advocates like John Muir to call for the preservation of unspoiled wilderness.

Biographical vignettes examine American thinkers, industrialists, and environmentalists Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Smith, William Gilpin, Leland Stanford, Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold, and others whose lives show the development of ideas and attitudes that have profoundly shaped Americans use of and respect for nature. The final chapter looks at several contemporary figures James Watt, Annie Dillard, and Dave Foreman whose careers exemplify the recent Protestant thought and behaviour and their impact on the environment.



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