Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice

Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice

by John B. Cobb
     
 

Can a livable society also be sustainable? How can we move beyond anthropocentrism without surrendering humanity's unique contribution to the globe? What of the contradictions conservative economics seems to reveal in so-called liberal approaches to economics and ecology? Does Christianity have anything to say about living in a world of limits?

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Can a livable society also be sustainable? How can we move beyond anthropocentrism without surrendering humanity's unique contribution to the globe? What of the contradictions conservative economics seems to reveal in so-called liberal approaches to economics and ecology? Does Christianity have anything to say about living in a world of limits?

In 'Sustainability', John Cobb argues that reflections on ecological issues inevitably raise religious questions as well. Admittedly, traditional Christian teaching to subdue the earth had contributed to the mindset responsible for the crisis we are facing today. But Christianity can contribute to the discussion of how to keep the planet from ecological disaster. For one thing, Christianity can keep ecological issues closely tied to those of social justice — a necessity for a sustainable society. Christianity can also make clear the need for individual change of heart (conversion) that is a prerequisite to real social and economic change.

As the Earth Summit testified, our world stands in need of new visions, to nurture new ways of integrating its human, mineral, animal, vegetable, and energy components. 'Sustainability' is John Cobb at his best . . . timely, incisive, and vigorous.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556352133
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Ecology and Justice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,039,690
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Christian Existence in a World of Limits7
The Necessity for Drastic Changes7
Christian Realism11
The Eschatological Attitude12
The Discernment of Christ14
The Way of the Cross16
Prophetic Vision17
Conclusion19
2Ecojustice and Christian Salvation20
Church Policy in an Era of Limits20
Personal and Structural Change22
The Problem of Limits25
Ethical Alternatives28
A Hopeful Future31
3Can a Livable Society Be Sustainable?34
Willingness to Change34
Elements in a Sustainable Society36
Freeing Ourselves from Dependence on Fossil Fuels36
Arcologies, Competition, and Consumerism38
Agriculture42
Sustainable Societies throughout the World45
Questions about Decentralizing48
Moving toward Sustainable and Livable Societies50
4Economics and Ecology in the United States54
Economics54
Ecology55
The Relation of Economy and Ecology56
The Question of Growth58
Toward an Agricultural Policy63
Present Industrial Policy65
Free Trade68
Policies for a Self-Sufficient Industrial Economy70
Economics for Community70
Policy Implications of Economics for Community74
Policies for a Sustainable Economy77
5Beyond Anthropocentrism82
The "Integrity of Creation"82
Moving beyond Anthropocentrism87
6The Debate among Those beyond Anthropocentrism100
The Diverse Groups beyond Anthropocentrism100
The Voice of the Church106
7Hope on a Dying Planet119
Earth's Story119
An Alternative to Complacency121
Our Hope Is in More Than Hope Itself124
The Spirit of Life and Love and Hope127

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