Nibley and the Environment


Nibley and the Environment

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Journal Article

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Ball, Terry B. (Primary)


Journal of Book of Mormon Studies







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Bibliographic Citation

Ball, Terry B. "Nibley and the Environment" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 20. 2011:16-29.


Hugh Nibley cared deeply about creation and was passionate about our stewardship over the earth. His arguments in defense of the environment were informed by the disciplines he knew best: history, philosophy, and theology. From his study, research, and reasoning, Nibley drew several principles that seem to have directed his thoughts and crafted his sense of environmental stewardship. Four of these principles are discussed in this paper: (1) humankind has a divine mandate to properly care for creation; (2) humankind’s spiritual health and environmental heath are linked; (3) creation obeys, reverences, and provides for humankind, as humankind righteously cares for creation; and (4) humankind should not sacrifice environmental health for temporal wealth.

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