Religion, Energy, and Environment in Modern America

Lecture Description

With particular focus on religion and petroleum, but inclusive of other energy regimes as well (coal, electric, nuclear), this lecture uses the energy crisis of the 1970s to launch into a broader survey of faith and energy in modern American life. When President Jimmy Carter declared the energy crisis of his day a “moral” crisis he was not off the mark; as this lecture demonstrates, far more than an economic or material entity, energy is also imagined, instituted, contested, embraced, and experienced in religious form, with important political ramifications for the past development and future directions of this country.


Environment and Natural Resources Religion

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