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American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:37 pm

I'm doing some research for my dissertation which deals in part with American Baptists and the Environment.

Right now, I have two questions.

I know how ABC-USA is currently structured with different regions. However, what was the organizational structure like prior to this current structure. The reason I ask is that I've come across minutes from the proceedings of what appears to be state conventions affiliated with ABC. I guess this was during the Convention rather than Churches USA era.

So, if anyone can offer any resource suggestions or info to help me understand the changes that have occurred in the organization's structure over the last 40-50 years, I would appreciate it.

Also, ABC-USA has passed numerous environment/ecology related resolutions and policy statements in the last 30 years or so.

Can anyone give me the name or names of individual(s) who would be knowledgeable these resolutions and active in environmental politics as it pertains to American Baptists. I'm trying to identify the individuals who were deeply concerned with environmental issues and helped lead American Baptists to adopt these statements. I'm already familiar with Aidsand Wright-Riggins.

Another thing, if you're aware of any recent surveys on social issues relating to the views of mainline Protestants, drop a link.

Over the last couple of years, I remember seeing a few surveys that broke down the views of clergy on various social issues such as the environment denomination-by-denomination. I'm now trying to track those down.
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:04 am

Thanks, Timothy.

Also, I would appreciate any help in identifying American Baptist authors who have written on the environment.

So, if anyone knows of American Baptist theologians/ethicists/historians/sociologists/etc. please list them and I'll check to see if they've written anything environment-related. Here's my list (and its short)

1. Tony Campolo
2. James William McClendon
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Mark » Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:42 pm

Big Daddy Weaver wrote:American Baptist authors who have written on the environment...
Here's my list ...
1. Tony Campolo
2. James William McClendon

3. AlGore
4. KeithE
5. Flick
6. ET
7. SFox
That's more than enough, right? :P :angel:
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:37 am

As for true American Baptists, Flick probably deserves a mention in this discussion. I suspect there is not a single American Baptist out there - Tony Campolo included - who has written more for others to read about the environment. I should describe Flick as a "loud and aggressive public theologian in the online Baptist community"
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby David Flick » Sat Oct 17, 2009 2:31 am

Mark wrote:
Big Daddy Weaver wrote:American Baptist authors who have written on the environment...
Here's my list ...
1. Tony Campolo
2. James William McClendon

3. AlGore
4. KeithE
5. Flick
6. ET
7. SFox
That's more than enough, right? :P :angel:

Mark, so far as I'm able to discern, I'm the only American Baptist on your list. I don't think AlGore, KeithE, ET, or SFox are American Baptists. And I'm a Johnny come lately ABCer, having been a part of the denomination since '02 (7 years). I don't think Aaron will want to use me as an example because I don't speak (write) to environmental issues. There is a distinct difference between environmental issues and man-made global warming issues. They are not the same. If Aaron is desiring to associate ABCers who have written about environmental issues with the AGW movement, I'm afraid that he won't find much.

The AGW movement is barely more than 20 years old. Actually, James Hansen is the father of the theory of anthropogenic global warming. He appeared before Congress on June 23, 1988 and spoke of the theory human-caused global warming. Prior to that point in time, virtually nobody had spoken or written anything about human-caused global warming. Prior to 1992, no popular books had been written about anthropogenic global warming. In 1992, Al Gore wrote Earth in the Balance. This book popularized the notion that man could affect changes in global climate. The revised edition of Gore's book appeared in 2000. I've read it. IMHO, it's similar to his more recent book, An Inconvenient Truth. The latter book contains many more dazzling photos and graphs which are in color. Earth in the Balance contains no color photos, but several of same graphs and photos appear in both books. The theme of both books is the same, i.e. be very alarmed about the damage man has wrought upon the earth's environment...
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Ed Pettibone » Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:46 am

Ed However if Aaron has not seen the ABC-USA resolution at http://www.webofcreation.org/Denominati ... aptist.htm he may want to take a look. written in 1988
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:59 pm

Thanks for that, Ed. I've requested the minutes from ABC Yearbook (not sure if it's still called that today) from the 80s and 90s. Hopefully, some college will be nice enough to lend those to Baylor.

I am still trying to put together a list of American Baptist theologians and ethicists to see who has said what about the environment.
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:27 pm

Timothy,

I came across this book yesterday by Tony Campolo titled A Denomination Looks At Itself (published in 1971). It is Campolo's analysis of a sociological study known as the Roper Study (1969) which examined the American Baptist Convention. It has stats on American Baptists pertaining to level of education, social class, gender, age, etc.

Are you aware of a more recent study on ABC? If not, who could I contact that might know?

Also, if you know of any American Baptist authors/academics who write on theological topics (not necessarily the environment), please share those names. I did remember today that Harvey Cox is an American Baptist. So, I'm going to see if he's written anything environment-related. I'm sure there are others as I suspect that most of the ABC policy statements were written by or with the assistance of a theologian/ethicist.
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Haruo » Sun Oct 18, 2009 10:23 pm

Of ocurse there's Peter Gomes.
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Ed Pettibone » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:52 am

Big Daddy Weaver wrote:Timothy,

I came across this book yesterday by Tony Campolo titled A Denomination Looks At Itself (published in 1971). It is Campolo's analysis of a sociological study known as the Roper Study (1969) which examined the American Baptist Convention. It has stats on American Baptists pertaining to level of education, social class, gender, age, etc.

Are you aware of a more recent study on ABC? If not, who could I contact that might know?

Also, if you know of any American Baptist authors/academics who write on theological topics (not necessarily the environment), please share those names. I did remember today that Harvey Cox is an American Baptist. So, I'm going to see if he's written anything environment-related. I'm sure there are others as I suspect that most of the ABC policy statements were written by or with the assistance of a theologian/ethicist.


Ed: Aaron, Why not contact Tony I am rather sure he still maintains an office at:

The Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies of Eastern University, St David, Pa.. He loves helping young students. Of course he is on the road much of the time. In fact he spoke in Fort Worth within the past two weeks and will be in North Carolina in a week or two. His old college room mate, Jim Meek, who is a member of our two churches and supplies for Trudy when we are away, has traveled with him at times. We have the address and phone number somewhere but Trudy is asleep and I am not sure where to find it. As I understand his son, Bart, is often in the office when he is not.
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Re: American Baptists and the Environment

Postby Big Daddy Weaver » Thu Oct 22, 2009 10:45 pm

From an old book by Tony Campolo on mainline churches, I came across the name of Jitsuo Morikawa who Campolo credits with helping the American Baptist Convention better understand the social implications of the Gospel. Morikawa wrote several articles in Foundations (predecessor of American Baptists Quarterly) on the topic of Eco-Justice. I made copies and am reading those now.

Thanks Haruo for the Gomes suggestion. I discovered today that Gomes wrote a short article on eco-justice in the Foundations publication in the mid-70s.
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