The Tangled Bank: Toward an Ecotheological Ethics of Responsible Participation

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In Response to the confluence of Moral Uncertainty with the increase of human power to alter nature, and through critical integration of the philosophical naturalism of Hans Jonas and the critical religious naturalism of James M. Gustafson, The Tangled Bank argues for an ecotheological ethics of responsible participation. By making the case that the moral pressures of our time call for a vision that is as deeply naturalistic as it is theological, a critical perspective is advanced that is attuned to human ...

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In Response to the confluence of Moral Uncertainty with the increase of human power to alter nature, and through critical integration of the philosophical naturalism of Hans Jonas and the critical religious naturalism of James M. Gustafson, The Tangled Bank argues for an ecotheological ethics of responsible participation. By making the case that the moral pressures of our time call for a vision that is as deeply naturalistic as it is theological, a critical perspective is advanced that is attuned to human embeddedness within nature as well as to human distinctiveness. In support of this, a moral anthropological method is deployed as a creative new way to integrate the comparative, critical, and constructive tasks of theological ethics. The insights of Hans Jonas and James M. Gustafson, interpreted comparatively for the first time, are critically drawn together to suggest new directions for scholarship and teaching in theology, religion, and science studies.

About the Author:
Michael S. Hogue is Assistant Professor of Theology at Meadville Lombard Theological School (Chicago, Illinois). He is the author of Varieties of Religious Ethics and the Vulnerability of Life (forthcoming)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781556353802
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael S. Hogue is Assistant Professor of Theology at Meadville Lombard Theological School (Chicago, IL). He is the author of Varieties of Religious Ethics and the Vulnerability of Life (2009).

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction     xiii
Hermeneutical Dimensions
Human Power and Existential Biology     3
Divine Power and Critical Religious Naturalism     28
Fundamental Dimensions
Technos, Bios, Anthropos     65
God, World, Human Being     98
Normative Dimensions
The Imperative of Responsibility     137
Theocentric Ethical Participation     184
Conclusion: Toward an Ecotheological Ethics of Responsible Participation     225
Bibliography     247
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