God Is Great, God Is Green: Evangelical And Mainline Protestants In The Environmental Movement

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Title:
God Is Great, God Is Green: Evangelical And Mainline Protestants In The Environmental Movement
Author:
Andrews, Laura
Issue Date:
2014
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
This dissertation examines the role of the congregation in encouraging or inhibiting engagement with environmentalism for mainline and evangelical Protestants. We often think of the congregation as a mobilizing structure, but this study shows that congregations may actually discourage some forms of engagement. Additionally, I find that congregational activity is strongly shaped by the traditions and institutions in which the churches are embedded. Through in-depth interviews with green mainline and evangelical Protestants, I have identified different forms that engagement with environmental stewardship can take, ranging from individual practice to political engagement advocating for societal change. I find that while evangelicals may not participate in the forms of engagement that are most visible, they transform their participation in a way that allows them to maintain their religious identity. This study illustrates how religious, social, and organizational factors within congregations can influence engagement with environmentalism. This will contribute to our understanding of how religious congregations impact individuals civic engagement, especially around divisive issues.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Sociology
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Sociology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Beyerlein, Kraig; Grant, Don

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dc.titleGod Is Great, God Is Green: Evangelical And Mainline Protestants In The Environmental Movementen_US
dc.creatorAndrews, Lauraen_US
dc.contributor.authorAndrews, Lauraen_US
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the role of the congregation in encouraging or inhibiting engagement with environmentalism for mainline and evangelical Protestants. We often think of the congregation as a mobilizing structure, but this study shows that congregations may actually discourage some forms of engagement. Additionally, I find that congregational activity is strongly shaped by the traditions and institutions in which the churches are embedded. Through in-depth interviews with green mainline and evangelical Protestants, I have identified different forms that engagement with environmental stewardship can take, ranging from individual practice to political engagement advocating for societal change. I find that while evangelicals may not participate in the forms of engagement that are most visible, they transform their participation in a way that allows them to maintain their religious identity. This study illustrates how religious, social, and organizational factors within congregations can influence engagement with environmentalism. This will contribute to our understanding of how religious congregations impact individuals civic engagement, especially around divisive issues.en_US
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBeyerlein, Kraigen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGrant, Donen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBeyerlein, Kraigen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGrant, Donen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRoth, Louiseen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSallaz, Jeffen_US
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