Playing directly into our counter-narrative marketing strategy, the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment has, according to Publisher’s Weekly, raised the profile of my forthcoming book on religious practices that harm the environment, When God Isn’t Green: A Worldwide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (coming in March 2016, available for pre (really really pre!) order now). After listing a number of books about religion and the environment that have just been published or will soon be published, PW notes that my book takes “a different tack”:
Taking a different tack is When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide (Beacon, Mar. 2016). Instead of arguing how faith can positively influence Earth-care, law professor Jay Wexler describes religious practices around the world that harm the natural world. Publisher Beacon cites examples: “Hindus in Mumbai carrying twenty-five foot plaster idols of Ganesh into the sea or Taoists in Hong Kong creating poisonous fumes by burning bushels of ‘ghost money’ or American Palm Sunday celebrants contributing to the deforestation of Central American palm forests.” Wexler weighs the complicated social and religious issues and seeks ways to resolve them.
I always knew I liked this Pope!