Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice

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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.

About the Author:
John B. Cobb Jr., formerly professor of theology at Claremont School of Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556352133
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Ecology and Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136

Meet the Author

John B. Cobb Jr., formerly professor of theology at Claremont School of Theology, is a major interpreter of "process thought." His books include 'Christ in a Pluralistic Age', 'God and the World', and 'A Christian Natural Theology'.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Christian Existence in a World of Limits 7
The Necessity for Drastic Changes 7
Christian Realism 11
The Eschatological Attitude 12
The Discernment of Christ 14
The Way of the Cross 16
Prophetic Vision 17
Conclusion 19
2 Ecojustice and Christian Salvation 20
Church Policy in an Era of Limits 20
Personal and Structural Change 22
The Problem of Limits 25
Ethical Alternatives 28
A Hopeful Future 31
3 Can a Livable Society Be Sustainable? 34
Willingness to Change 34
Elements in a Sustainable Society 36
Freeing Ourselves from Dependence on Fossil Fuels 36
Arcologies, Competition, and Consumerism 38
Agriculture 42
Sustainable Societies throughout the World 45
Questions about Decentralizing 48
Moving toward Sustainable and Livable Societies 50
4 Economics and Ecology in the United States 54
Economics 54
Ecology 55
The Relation of Economy and Ecology 56
The Question of Growth 58
Toward an Agricultural Policy 63
Present Industrial Policy 65
Free Trade 68
Policies for a Self-Sufficient Industrial Economy 70
Economics for Community 70
Policy Implications of Economics for Community 74
Policies for a Sustainable Economy 77
5 Beyond Anthropocentrism 82
The "Integrity of Creation" 82
Moving beyond Anthropocentrism 87
6 The Debate among Those beyond Anthropocentrism 100
The Diverse Groups beyond Anthropocentrism 100
The Voice of the Church 106
7 Hope on a Dying Planet 119
Earth's Story 119
An Alternative to Complacency 121
Our Hope Is in More Than Hope Itself 124
The Spirit of Life and Love and Hope 127
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