In the United States, many popular forms of evangelical Christianity hold a deep skepticism and antipathy toward ecological activism for reasons ranging from political interests to eschatology. In this paper I will present a legitimate model for the role of the Christian faith in ecological action that is developed by considering and synthesizing the work of two theologians, Leonardo Boff and Christopher Southgate. The contributions from each of these authors are centered on the call to care for creation as a response to their respective areas of emphasis: the suffering and striving of the poor and marginalized in the case of Boff, and the evolutionary bondage of the biosphere in the case of Southgate. While their studies are different in substantial ways, their models of faithful evaluation and response are remarkably complimentary. To this end, working to implement Boff’s vision of an ecological-social democracy is actually a quality application of Southgate’s view of the role of Christians in ecological work.
"A Political Theology of Ecological Action: Liberation of the Poor through Democratic Stewardship of Creation,"
Dialogue & Nexus: Vol. 2
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.acu.edu/dialogue/vol2/iss1/7