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Divine Destruction: Dominion Theology and American Environmental Policy (Melville Manifestos) Paperback – September 1, 2005
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Ms. Hendricks explains that Reconstructionists care little for preventing environmental destruction; rather, they seek to gain dominion over government in the belief that Biblical prophecy must be fulfilled in order to herald the end of time and the return of Jesus. The author profiles many of the prominent Republicans who belong to and/or support such extremist Christian organizations including some of the most powerful members of congress, the Supreme Court and of course, President George W. Bush. In that light, we learn that many of the anti-environmental policy decisions made by the current administration might be explained in part by the irrational religious ideologies adhered to by its leaders.
However, Ms. Hendricks' investigative reporting reveals that Christianity is also used to mask an agenda of greed. Recalling that the cry of Manifest Destiny cloaked the imperial ambitions of 1840s America with the sanctity of a religious calling, the author explains that timber, mining, off-road vehicle manufacturing, theme park tourism and other corporate interests are benefiting immensely from the roll back of environmental protections called for by self-identified Christian politicians. Nevertheless, she is hopeful that progressive Christians such as Fred Kreuger and Peter Ilyn might succeed in helping the faithful understand that stewardship of the planet is a core Christian value and that the skewing of the Bible to support short-sighted and unsustainable policies is inherently immoral.
I recommend this book to everyone but assign it only 4 stars due to its brevity.
Hendricks does not delve much into the history of American or European attitudes towards nature. This lack of detail and depth severely limits the usefulness of the booklet. But the background is crucial. Until the late 18th century Europeans evaluated land and nature entirely in terms of its usefulness. The Alps, for instance, through most of history were literally considered a waste.Read more ›