Oil spill apocalypse: Religion, the environment and BP

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which lasted from April 20, 2010 to July 15, 2010, shaped up as an environmental and social disaster of epic proportions — and one that also prompted a great deal of national soul-searching. Ethical, moral and religious aspects of the catastrophe played a critical role in the debate.

The issues raise questions about the propriety of the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, America’s penchant for consumption over conservation, the role of government in regulation and cleanup, and even the purely theological issues of the emerging teaching on “creation care” and the older eschatological debates about the apocalypse and the end of the world. It also raises the question of responsibility. Does the blame lie with BP, for leasing the oil rig that eventually caused the spill? The federal government, for failing to better regulate the industry? Or Americans, for continuing to be so dependent on oil?

This edition of ReligionLink provides resources for journalists covering the spill and the issue of religion and the environment.


Here are a number of stories on the religious, moral and ethical aspects of the oil spill:

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