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Sacred MountainsA Christian Ethical Approach to Mountaintop Removal$
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Andrew R. H. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165998

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165998.001.0001

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Overturning Mountains

Overturning Mountains

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(p.1) Introduction Overturning Mountains
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Sacred Mountains
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Andrew R. H. Thompson

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165998.003.0001

This introductory section describes key features of MTR and the debate surrounding it. MTR is a highly controversial form of surface mining that uses explosives to remove vast amounts of material from mountaintops to access the coal seams beneath them. The author’s theocentric approach, based on the work of H. Richard Niebuhr, examines and challenges key discourses in the MTR debate, seeking imaginations that center on divine purposes rather than human ones.

Keywords:   mountaintop removal, H. Richard Niebuhr, theocentrism, Appalachia

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