A fair and honest debate about religious responses to environmental issues should always distinguish theological principles from prudential judgments.  The Cornwall Declaraion and the accompanying essays in this volume were written to do just that.  They were not written to provide theological rationale for current environmental fashion. Rather, they seek to articulate the broad Judeo-Christian theological principles concerning the environment, and to distinguish those principles from contrary ideas popular to the environmental movement.

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