Religion and Ecology Lecture at BYU


February 26, 2010 by The Mormon Worker

Below is an article from the Deseret News, which covered a talk on Religion and Ecology given at BYU by professor John Grim from Yale, and his student, Jason Brown, who is a contributor to the Mormon Worker. Jason is quoted toward the end of the article. The actual lecture can be watched here.

Saving the planet mixes well with religion, Yale scholar says

By Sara Israelsen-Hartley

PROVO — The Jordan River may be sacred to millions of Christians and Jews, but that sacredness hasn’t kept it from becoming a polluted waterway.

“What does it mean to have these places … so undermined by our human activity that they’ve lost their real vital value?” asked John Grim, senior lecturer and scholar at Yale and coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. “Yet the symbolic value, we claim it daily without a second thought, ‘The River Jordan, it means something in my tradition.’ But the reality is sad, bad news.”

Grim, who teaches students from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Yale Divinity School and department of religious studies, spoke to BYU students in a recent lecture about the emerging alliance of religion and ecology and how scientists and scholars are turning to religion for help protecting and preserving the planet.

Read the rest of the article here.

2 thoughts on “Religion and Ecology Lecture at BYU

  1. linescratchers says:

    These talks leave me happy and refreshed. I’m not exactly sure why ecology is such a politicized issue in our culture. We shouldn’t expect God to clean up our trash.

  2. Joseph says:

    Nice article. I hope to have time to view the lecture. Of course, this is an old discussion, but it is nice to see it given prominence in the Deseret News.

    The Jan/Feb 2000 (Vol. 30, Iss. 1) of the Ecologist (wow, 10 years ago now) was an entire issue dealing with religion and the environment. My favorite article was Margaret Barker’s The Book of Enoch and Cosmic Sin (, but the whole issue was really good. It could be argued (and I personally believe) that our current ecological crises are a result of arrogant science, not religion. Where religion harms the environment is in that it so often adopts and then holds onto bad scientific ideas.

    I realize this isn’t the first time religion and ecology have been discussed at BYU, but it is nice to see that the conversation is continuing. It’s also frustrating, though, since it has been discussed for so long and yet being concerned for the environment seems to still be seen as a vice rather than a virtue in the eyes of so many Inter-mountain West LDS.

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