Thompson's Book Published

The University of Kentucky Press has published Sacred Mountains: a Christian Ethical Approach to Mountaintop Removal, written by The Center’s Assistant Director, Andrew R. H. Thompson. The book draws from the arguments of H. Richard Niebuhr, whose work establishes an ideal foundation for understanding Appalachia. Thompson provides a thorough introduction to the issues surrounding surface mining, including the environmental consequences and the resultant religious debates, and highlights the discussions being carried out in the media and by scholarly works. He also considers five popular perspectives (ecofeminism, liberation theology, environmental justice, environmental pragmatism, and political ecology) and offers his own framework and guidelines for moral engagement with the subject.