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Religion and Resistance in AppalachiaFaith and the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining$
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Joseph D. Witt

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168128

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168128.001.0001

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Caring for Creation

Caring for Creation

Environmental Stewardship and Theocentric Activism in Appalachia

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Religion and Resistance in Appalachia

Joseph D. Witt

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines theocentric (or god-centered) perspectives against mountaintop removal, including evangelical Christian visions of Creation Care and Stewardship ethics. The Creation Care movement is most often associated with evangelical Christians in the United States. Supporters of this movement generally argue that over-exploitation of natural resources and increased pollution are violations of a biblical mandate for humanity to be good stewards of the natural world. From this perspective, mountaintop removal is problematic not only because of the harm it does to human communities, but also because it is seen as a violation of the mandate of stewardship. The chapter examines several individuals and organizations, including Christians for the Mountains, that offer this perspective in their work against mountaintop removal.

Keywords:   Evangelical, Creation Care, Stewardship, Christians for the Mountains

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