In these skeptical and disillusioned times, there are nevertheless still groups of people scattered throughout the world who are trying to live out utopian dreams. In this book, Anna Peterson reflects on the experiences of two very different communities, one inhabited by impoverished former refugees in the mountains of El Salvador and the other by Amish farmers in the Midwestern U.S. What makes these communities stand out among advocates of environmental protection, political justice, and sustainable development is their Roman Catholic social thought, whike the Amish adhere to Anabaptist tradition. Peterson examines their community organization, religious life, environmental values, and agricultural practices, and discovers both practical and ideological commonalities in these two comparatively successful and sustainable communities. In the process she sheds light on the process by which people struggle to live according to a transcendent value system, and hence on the actual and potential place of religion in public life.
She argues that these rural places, geographically and culturally distant from the lives of most people in the industrialized West, are relevant to urgent political and environmental problems facing the developed world.
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Author Biography - Anna Lisa Peterson
Anna L. Peterson is Professor of Religion and affiliate Professor in the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida. She is the author of Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World and Martyrdom and the Politics of Religion: Progressive Catholicism in El Salvador's Civil War, as well as co-editor of Christianity, Social Change, and Globalization in the Americas.