Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Of Gardens and Prosperity

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

Toward an Inspired Land Ethic

image of Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), like many other Christians, believe in the importance of human stewardship over the natural world; yet within LDS doctrine, hints of less hierarchical inclusiveness of non-human beings can be found. The interpretation of LDS doctrine relating to the Fall underlie the influences of two LDS presidents, Ezra Taft Benson and Spencer W. Kimball, whose contrasting ideas illustrate that connections among ecology, righteousness, and prosperity continue to be complicated by the progression of technology and globalization in contrast to the frontier and agrarian foundations of the church. A close examination of a frequently cited passage in the Book of Mormon shows how Kimball’s encouragement to plant gardens is more amenable to a “prosperous” spiritual and/or material relationship to the environment than the methods Benson advocated to promote efficient agriculture and general prosperity.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor, Murray State University, 7C Faculty Hall, Murray State University, Murray, KY 42071


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Benson Ezra T. 1953. “ "Agricultural Policies: Progress and New Hope for the Nation".” Vital Speeches of the Day (March 15): 330333.
2. ——. 1953b. “ "An American Problem: Not Just a Farm Problem".” Vital Speeches of the Day (May 21): 552555.
3. ——. 1986. “ "Cleansing the Inner Vessel".” Ensign (May): 4.
4. ——. 1998. Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson . Salt Lake City: Bookcraft.
5. Berry Wendell . 1977. The Unsettling of America . San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
6. ——. 1990. What Are People For? New York: North Point Press.
7. The Book of Mormon . 1982. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
8. The Doctrine and Covenants . 1982. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
9. Dew Sheri . 1987. Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography . Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain.
10. Goodstein Laurie . 2009. “ "Believers Invest in the Gospel of Getting Rich".” The New York Times (Aug 15).
11. Gowans Matthew ,and Cafaro Philip . 2003. “ "A Latter-Day Saint Environmental Ethic".” Environmental Ethics Vol 25. 4: 375394. [Crossref]
12. The Holy Bible: King James Version . 1983. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
13. Johnson Samuel . 1751. The Rambler #163 (Oct 8).
14. Kaufman Donald G. ,and Franz Cecilia M. . 2000. Biosphere 2000: Protecting Our Global Environment . Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
15. Kimball Spencer W. 1978. “ "Listen to the Prophets".” Ensign (May): 76.
16. Kuhn Thomas . 1957. The Copernican Revolution . Cambridge: Harvard.
17. Lehmann Chris . “ "Pennies From Heaven".” Harper’s (October 2011): 3341.
18. Leopold Aldo . 1949. A Sand County Almanac . London: Oxford UP.
19. Merchant Carolyn . 2004. Reinventing Eden . New York: Routledge.
20. Morris Henry M. 1993. Biblical Creationism . Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
21. The Pearl of Great Price: A Selection from the Revelations, Translations, and Narrations of Joseph Smith . 1982. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
22. Peterson M. Nils ,and Jianguo Liu . 2008. “ "Impacts of Religion on Environmental Worldviews: The Teton Valley Case".” Society and Natural Resources Vol 21. 8: 704718.
23. Roby Henry John . 1881. A Grammar of the Latin Language from Plautus to Suetonius . London: Macmillan and Co.
24. Talmage James E. 1981[1915]. Jesus the Christ . Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
25. Webster Alan . 1990. “ "I Have a Question".” Ensign (April): 5253.
26. Wilentz Sean . 2010. “ "Confounding Fathers".” The New Yorker (October 18): 3239.
27. Williams Terry Tempest ,, Smart William B. ,, and Smith Gibbs M. . 1998. New Genesis: A Mormon Reader on Land and Community . Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith.

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation