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Preservation and Protest: Theological Foundations for an Eco-Eschatological Ethics
     

Preservation and Protest: Theological Foundations for an Eco-Eschatological Ethics

by Ryan Patrick McLaughlin
 

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Preservation and Protest proposes a novel taxonomy of four paradigms of nonhuman theological ethics by exploring the intersection of tensions between value terms and teleological terms. These tensions arise out of the theological loci of cosmology, anthropology, and eschatology. The individual paradigms of the taxonomy are critically elucidated through the work of

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Preservation and Protest proposes a novel taxonomy of four paradigms of nonhuman theological ethics by exploring the intersection of tensions between value terms and teleological terms. These tensions arise out of the theological loci of cosmology, anthropology, and eschatology. The individual paradigms of the taxonomy are critically elucidated through the work of Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Berry, Dumitru Stăniloae, and Jürgen Moltmann and Andrew Linzey. McLaughlin systematically develops the paradigm of cosmocentric transfiguration, arguing that the entire cosmos—including all instantiations of life therein—shares in the eschatological hope of a harmonious participation in God’s triune life, a participation that entails the end of suffering, predation, and death. This paradigm yields an ethics based upon a tension between preservation and protest. With this paradigm, McLaughlin offers an alternative to anthropocentric and conservationist paradigms within the Christian tradition, an alternative that affirms both scientific claims about natural history and the theological hope for eschatological redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451489484
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2014
Series:
Emerging Scholars
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Ryan Patrick McLaughlin is an associate fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animals Ethics and adjunct instructor in the department of theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Duquesne University.

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