Thursday, September 25, 2008

GW Alumnus turns the Bible green

With his biblically inspired message of conservation, alumnus J. Matthew Sleeth does not seem like the typical environmentalist.

But the 1984 graduate of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and author of the introduction to the first-ever "Green Bible" encourages people to change their lifestyles and fulfill the biblical ideal of protecting the earth.

"Have you ever heard a sermon about trees?" asked Sleeth, who also wrote "Serve God, Save the Planet."

"Most haven't."

The Green Bible, released last Friday, highlights the more than 1,000 scriptural references to the environment.

Printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper, the book also includes essays from such religious figures as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope John Paul II and Jewish environmentalist Ellen Bernstein.