This book provides a place-centered rationale for opposing mountaintop removal coal mining from the perspective of Christian ethics. It begins with an overview of the the practice including a crucial section of the downstream impact as well as an overview of Appalachia as the unique place where mountaintop removal occurs. It puts his perspective in the context of other Christian rationales for environmental concerns."Thompson shows great breadth and depth in his research and covers such areas as the ecological, environmental, and human impacts of MTR, the place of religion in Appalachia, and the concept of Appalachia as place in the consciousness of the United States as a whole." -- Tennessee Libraries. "This thoughtful interpretation of the controversies over mountain-top removal mining is unique in the range of its religious and cultural analysis." -- Willis Jenkins. The author, Andrew R. H. Thompson, is assistant director of the Center for Religion and Environment at the University of the South's School of Theology.
Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, a 2020 first paperback edition of a 2015 release. 212 pages with an Index, Bibliography, and Notes. Trade paperback, $30.00.