History of science & environment

In the C-A-N- Perspective at HISTORY: the rise of science, Professor John Brooke provides an historian's overview of the controversies about Christianity and the rise of modern science, including environmental impact.

He considers briefly the tension from nature being "a book to be read" but increasingly also becoming a resource to be used for human benefit.  He cites Harrison for a rebuttal of Lynn White's thesis that the Judaeo-Christian tradition fosters environmental exploitation, coupled with an acknowledgement that new interpretations of Genesis helped to sanction the utilitarian thrust of science as it emerged from the 17th century. 

Peter Harrison (1998). The Bible, Protestantism and the Rise of Natural Science. Cambridge (UK): CUP.