Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review: Green Like God by Jonathan Merritt

In Green Like God, Jonathan Merritt gently and insightfully observes that the Bible has a lot to say about environmental problems like unclean water, material waste, over consumption, air pollution, and global warming. In fact, Jonathan writes that "in the book of Genesis, God went green and never looked back." Relying heavily on scripture, Jonathan gives the case for green living, but not because it's trendy and hip. Rather, it's part of living rightly as a believer. It's an act of obedience to our Creator-God. Green Like God is at once practical, prescriptive, and conversational in tone. The author looks at a number of trends with tips to help the reader wade into the world of creation care living. An appendix includes suggestions of things we can do. In addition, the audio book includes interviews with everyday Christians to tell the story of the journey to environmental stewardship among people of faith. This title is what Christians are longing for and need today. Written for a new generation of Christians who are struggling with how to deal with the important issue of creation-care and green living, Green Like God is both highly relevant and theologically sound. It will have a profound impact on how Christians live and interact with the world today.

Received from the publisher for review.

This was perhaps not the best book for me to read on the heels of God Is Not Great. The author's sheer arrogance was simply breathtaking. The fact that the author felt no need to be eco-friendly unless it was specifically stated in the bible was horrifying to me.

The book left me the urge to vomit from the unfathomable hypocrisy and horror of the author's viewpoints. I haven't been this disturbed since I saw Food, Inc. and at least that was based on facts! I was left virtually speechless by this. I really don't even know where to start with this review knowing that millions of religious people like the author, in my own nation and worldwide, feel no obligation to the environment at all because it wasn't "decreed by god".

This one gets one star. I am frankly in shock. This is for people who believe the earth really is only 5,000 (or whatever) years old. That said, if this book draws even one religious zealot out of his or her stupor and forces them to acknowledge their responsibility to the planet, and humanity as a whole, it is worth the "20% recycled content" paper it is printed on. Apparently the author's god is green, but not enough to get him to use 100% recycled paper. Unless you're in search of an effective emetic, give this one a pass.

☆☆ = Didn't Like It


Ryan G said...

Well I won't be reading this one anytime soon. Thanks for the review.

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