What Hath Lynn White Wrought?

2 Fare Forward 44 (2012)

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1333

4 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013

Date Written: June 25, 2013


Lynn White’s 1967 article on “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis” famously blamed Christianity for modern environmental problems. White’s historical analysis viewed Christianity for cultivating a dismissive view toward nature and for embracing technology in a way that resulted in unchecked pollution and extinctions. Since White wrote his article, Christian scholars have accepted the challenge that White’s diagnosis presented. Other nations, perhaps most notably China, have experienced crippling environmental destruction even in the absence of a legacy of Christian thought. More positively, White’s thesis has encouraged a generation of scholars to explore the positive aspects of Christian thought for environmental policy.

Keywords: Christianity, dominion, Lynn White, St. Francis, anthropocentric, China

JEL Classification: K19, K32

Suggested Citation

Nagle, John Copeland, What Hath Lynn White Wrought? (June 25, 2013). 2 Fare Forward 44 (2012), Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1333, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2284961

John Copeland Nagle (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States

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