Igniting a Debate: Environmentalism, Religion, and a Call to Action

On this week’s show we connect with Steve Best, who co-edited the provocative anthology Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth, and Lisa Kemmerer who contributed a chapter entitled, “In the Beginning: God Created the Earth and ‘Ecoterrorism'”.

First, Best introduces Igniting a Revolution and discusses “revolutionary environmentalism”, a central theme of the book. He then responds to critiques against militant activism, and concludes by reflecting on privilege and importance of multi-dimensional politics.

Second, Kemmerer offers an overview of “In the Beginning” and suggests an alternative reading of Genesis, and other scripture, to support her claim that Christianity offers a moral imperative to act on behalf of animals and the earth. We also discuss her new book In Search of Consistency: Ethics and Animals, which mingles philosophy and religion.

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