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Conservation Is Our Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea (review)

Conservation Is Our Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea (review) 626 the contemporary pacifi c 19:2 (2007) thus obliged to critique authority and not reengage with the serious prob- seek “to improve the current social lems besetting Oceanic communities. order” (733). Unfortunately, however, While perhaps too generalized and too mainline churches in Oceania today closely associated with the concerns have generally failed to live up to their of one (albeit large) faction of Chris- moral obligations to the distressed tian churches, Ernst’s analysis raises communities they serve. Ernst ends the profoundly important questions about book with a passionate plea for main- the current reshaping of religion in the line churches to embrace a “liberating Pacifi c Islands. In the national sur- theology” that will directly confront veys especially, the volume makes an the evils of globalization. enormous contribution to knowledge It is not hard to poke holes in and will remain an essential resource Ernst’s analysis. The statistical data for scholars, believers, and the merely that form the empirical basis for track- curious, for many years to come. ing changes in church membership are john barker uneven, often unreliable and diffi cult University of British Columbia to interpret. As Philip Gibbs points out for Papua New Guinea (148), people http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Conservation Is Our Government Now: The Politics of Ecology in Papua New Guinea (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 19 (2) – Aug 13, 2007

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2007 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

626 the contemporary pacifi c 19:2 (2007) thus obliged to critique authority and not reengage with the serious prob- seek “to improve the current social lems besetting Oceanic communities. order” (733). Unfortunately, however, While perhaps too generalized and too mainline churches in Oceania today closely associated with the concerns have generally failed to live up to their of one (albeit large) faction of Chris- moral obligations to the distressed tian churches, Ernst’s analysis raises communities they serve. Ernst ends the profoundly important questions about book with a passionate plea for main- the current reshaping of religion in the line churches to embrace a “liberating Pacifi c Islands. In the national sur- theology” that will directly confront veys especially, the volume makes an the evils of globalization. enormous contribution to knowledge It is not hard to poke holes in and will remain an essential resource Ernst’s analysis. The statistical data for scholars, believers, and the merely that form the empirical basis for track- curious, for many years to come. ing changes in church membership are john barker uneven, often unreliable and diffi cult University of British Columbia to interpret. As Philip Gibbs points out for Papua New Guinea (148), people

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Published: Aug 13, 2007

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