Reconciling God and Green

B.U.L. Rev. Annex (Aug. 2, 2016)

8 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2016

Date Written: August 4, 2016


Jay Wexler’s book, When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide, offers three insights that inform our ongoing discussions of environmental protection and religious freedom. First, the book confirms the value of travel scholarship. Second, it affords an insight into some surprising religious practices and how they affect the natural environment. Third, Wexler’s journeys convince him that we need to balance religious practices and environmental protection. Wexler demonstrates that in a surprising context, in disparate societies around the world, we have found a way to accommodate longstanding religious beliefs with a modern awareness of the changing world in which we live.

Keywords: Wexler, God, Green, Religious Freedom, Bald Eagles, Travel, Whales, Makah, RFRA

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Nagle, John Copeland, Reconciling God and Green (August 4, 2016). B.U.L. Rev. Annex (Aug. 2, 2016) . Available at SSRN:

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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