Lynn White, Jr.’s Critical Analysis of Environmental Degradation in Relation to Faith Traditions: Is His “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis” Still Relevant?
- Journal of Ecumenical Studies
- University of Pennsylvania Press
- Volume 56, Number 1, Winter 2021
- pp. 1-23
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More than half a century ago, Lynn White, Jr., launched a debate that is still ongoing. It is difficult to bypass his critical views of monotheistic religious traditions to the present ecological crisis. This essay attempts to review some recent works by responding to White’s central thesis, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” which seemingly offers a negative judgment on a monotheistic religious approach to the environment. Being critical of White’s and his critics’ arguments, it seeks both to present an unbiased and neutral overview and to enrich the present discussions on environmental issues from faith perspectives.