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A different kind of reformation: Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis

Jedan, C., 25-Aug-2017, In : NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion. 71, 3, p. 277-286 10 p.

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Jedan, C. (2017). A different kind of reformation: Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis. NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, 71(3), 277-286.

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Jedan, Christoph. / A different kind of reformation : Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis. In: NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion. 2017 ; Vol. 71, No. 3. pp. 277-286.

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Jedan, C 2017, 'A different kind of reformation: Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis', NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, vol. 71, no. 3, pp. 277-286.

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A different kind of reformation : Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis. / Jedan, Christoph.

In: NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, Vol. 71, No. 3, 25.08.2017, p. 277-286.

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Jedan C. A different kind of reformation: Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis. NTT: Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion. 2017 Aug 25;71(3):277-286.


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title = "A different kind of reformation: Revisiting the Lynn White Thesis",
abstract = "This commentary revisits Lynn White{\textquoteright}s article, {\textquoteleft}The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis{\textquoteright} (1967), and questions the assumption that there is a unified {\textquoteleft}Lynn White thesis{\textquoteright}. Instead, it proposes a complex narrative in which four key elements can be identified: (1) the long history of human impact on the environment; (2) the claim that the human-environment interaction took on a new, destructive quality around 1850 through the {\textquoteleft}marriage{\textquoteright} of specifically Western science and technology; (3) an historical narrative of how Latin Christianity is responsible for the specific thrust of Western science and technology, in which White identifies Latin theological voluntarism as key trigger; and (4) a constructivist view of religion as malleable. It argues, further, that White{\textquoteright}s narrative itself relies on a radical variant of the Latin theological voluntarism that he attacks, and it points towards Christian environmental virtue ethics as an underexplored way forward.",
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