Steward-in-chief: the theology of George W. Bush and his environmental/conservation policy

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Wimberley, Edward T.
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2007
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The Christian faith of President George W. Bush has been a topic of ongoing discussion and concern since the beginning of his first term, particularly in regard to the manner in which his spiritual values inform his public policies. Nowhere is this concern more pronounced than in regard to his approach to environmental policy. This paper evaluates President Bush&rsquo;s spiritual development and discusses the ways in which the theological themes of &ldquo;duty,&rdquo; &ldquo;call,&rdquo; and his vision of the United States as the &ldquo;<em>shining city on a hill</em>,&rdquo; influence and inform his environmental policies. The paper will assert that, given his theological and environmental values, President Bush is a &ldquo;conservationist&rdquo; and not an &ldquo;environmentalist.&rdquo; The distinction between these two philosophical orientations is discussed as well as how the President&rsquo;s conservationist values are reinforced by his Christian faith and reflected in his policy initiatives.
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Wimberley, Edward T. (2007), Steward-in-chief: the theology of George W. Bush and his environmental/conservation policy. Journal of Religion & Society, 9.
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Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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1522-5658
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