Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology and Natural Selection: Suffering and Responsibility

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Overview

In the last few decades, religious and secular thinkers have tackled the world's escalating environmental crisis by attempting to develop an ecological ethic that is both scientifically accurate and free of human-centered preconceptions. This groundbreaking study shows that many of these environmental ethicists continue to model their positions on romantic, pre-Darwinian concepts that disregard the predatory and cruelly competitive realities of the natural world. Examining the work of such influential thinkers as James Gustafson, Sallie McFague, Rosemary Radford Ruether, John Cobb, Peter Singer, and Holmes Rolston, Sideris proposes a more realistic ethic that combines evolutionary theory with theological insight, advocates a minimally interventionist stance toward nature, and values the processes over the products of the natural world.

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Editorial Reviews

Environmental Conservation
Readers of this journal should pay special attention to a book such as this. It is as clear a demonstration as exists of the import of scientific theorizing and the fusion between the culture of the sciences and that of the humanities.

— Michael P. Nelson, University of Idaho

Environmental Ethics
This critique ought to generate debate and responses...for the questions it asks are crucial to our common project.

— Anna L. Peterson

Ecotheology
There is much to commend in this admirably clear and readable book.

— Michael S. Northcot

Environment - Amy K. Wolfe
This book offers a detailed, thoughtful exploration of alternative scientific and theological conceptions of the environment.
Environmental Conservation - Michael P. Nelson
Readers of this journal should pay special attention to a book such as this. It is as clear a demonstration as exists of the import of scientific theorizing and the fusion between the culture of the sciences and that of the humanities.
Environmental Ethics - Anna L. Peterson
This critique ought to generate debate and responses...for the questions it asks are crucial to our common project.
Ecotheology - Michael S. Northcot
There is much to commend in this admirably clear and readable book.
Environment
This book offers a detailed, thoughtful exploration of alternative scientific and theological conceptions of the environment.

— Amy K. Wolfe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231126618
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2003
  • Series: Columbia Series in Science and Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa H. Sideris is an assistant professor at the McGill School of Environment and the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThis View of Life: The Significance of Evolutionary TheoryFor Environmental EthicsThe Best of All Possible Worlds: Ecofeminist Views of Nature and EthicsThe Ecological Model and the Reanimation of NatureDarwinian Equality for All: Secular Views of Animal Rights and LiberationPhilosophical and Theological Critiques of Ecological Theology: Broadening Environmental Ethics from Ecocentric and Theocentric PerspectivesA Comprehensive Naturalized EthicConclusion

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