Environment: Is Ecology Heresy?

Judaism and Christianity have always placed primacy in man. Now this primacy is being attacked by what I call the neoconservative ecological approach to life: the idea that nature has primacy and man is subordinate, and thus must abandon what is best for himself in order to do what is right for the earth.

These are the words of James Schall, 43, a crew-cut Jesuit priest and teacher who takes a dim view of ecology, American style. The environmental movement that has captured the nation's imagination, says Schall, who divides the year between Rome's...

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