Integral Ecology for a More Sustainable World: Dialogues with Laudato Si'

Integral Ecology for a More Sustainable World: Dialogues with Laudato Si'


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Laudato Si' insists on a revolutionary human response to the public challenges of our time concerning the ecological crisis. The volume takes up the revolutionary spirit of Pope Francis and speaks to the economic, technological, political, educational, and religious changes needed to overcome the fragile relationships between humans and Earth. This volume identifies various systemic factors that have produced the anthropogenic ecological crisis that threatens the planet and uses the ethical vision of Laudato Si' to promote practical responses that foster fundamental changes in humanity's relationships with Earth and each other. The essays address not only the immediate behavioral changes needed in individual human lives, but also the deeper, societal changes required if human communities are to live sustainable lives within Earth's integral ecology. Thus, this volume intentionally focuses on a plurality of cultural contexts and proposes solutions to problems encountered in a variety of global contexts. Accordingly, the contributors to this volume are scholars from a breadth of interdisciplinary and cultural backgrounds, each exploring an ethical theme from the encyclical and proposing systemic changes to address deeply entrenched injustices. Collectively, their essays examine the social, political, economic, gender, scientific, technological, educational, and spiritual challenges of our time as these relate to the ecological crisis.

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ISBN-13: 9781498580052
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/25/2019
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.43(d)

About the Author

Matthew Eaton is assistant professor in the Department of Theology at King’s College.

Dennis Patrick O’Hara is associate professor of ecotheology and ethics and director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology.

Michael Taylor Ross is PhD candidate at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto/Toronto School of Theology and senior editor for Yale University’s FERNS journal.

Table of Contents

Preface: Evolution of the Concept of Integral Ecology in Papal Teaching
Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson, Cardinal-Priest of San Liborio,

Dennis O'Hara, Matthew Eaton, Michael Ross

Part I: Laudato Si' in Context

Chapter 1: Laudato Si': Social Analysis and Political Engagement in the Tradition of Catholic Social Thought
Christopher Vogt, St. John's University

Chapter 2: A Compassionate Science: Pope Francis, Climate Change, and the Fate of Creation
Stephen Scharper, University of Toronto

Part II: The Throwaway Culture: Consumption and Economics

Chapter 3: Growth is an Idol in a Throwaway Culture: Ecotheology Against Neutrality
Timothy Harvie, St. Mary's University

Chapter 4: Pope Francis Contra 21st Century Capitalism: The Power of Joined-up Social Ethics
Gerard Mannion, Georgetown University

Chapter 5: Wealthy Hyperagency in the Throwaway Culture: Inequality and Environmental Death
Kate Ward, Marquette University

Chapter 6: The Peril and the Promise of Agriculture in Laudato Si'
Matthew Whelan, Baylor University

Part III: The Gospel of Creation: Theology and Anthropology

Chapter 7: "The 'Brown Thread' in Laudato Si': Grounding Ecological Conversion and Theological Ethics Praxis"
Dawn Nothwehr, Catholic Theological Union

Chapter 8: Ecological Conversion in the Light of Ecofeminist Concerns: A Post-Lonergan Dialogue
Susan Rakoczy, St Joseph's Theological Institute/University of KwaZulu-Natal

Chapter 9: Reframing Ecotheological Anthropology within a More Integral Ecology
Dennis Patrick O'Hara, University of St. Michael's College

Chapter 10: Locating Laudato Si' along a Catholic Trajectory of Concern for Non-Human Animals
Charles Camosy, Fordham University

Part IV: The Technocratic Paradigm: Science and Technology

Chapter 11: From Galileo to Laudato Si': The Uses of Science: How Science Needs Faith
Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Vatican Observatory

Chapter 12: Cosmology, Theology, and Laudato Si'
John Haught, Georgetown University

Chapter 13: The Technocratic Paradigm: Diagnosis and Therapy
Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University

Chapter 14: Suffering in the Technocratic Paradigm
Brianne Jacobs, Fordham University

Part V: Social Ecologies: Politics and Activism

Chapter 15: Ecological Citizenship and a New Habitus
Anne Marie Dalton, St. Mary's University

Chapter 16: Preservationism, Environmental Justice, Smart Growth: Care for Our Common Home
Laura Stivers, Dominican University of California

Chapter 17: Resisting Nuclear Energy in South Africa: Drawing Inspiration from Laudato Si'
Andrew Warmback, St. Paul's Church, Diocese of Natal, Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Chapter 18: An Integral Issue: Population, Sustainable Development & Sexual Ethics
Michael Ross, University of St. Michael's College

Part VI: New Lifestyles: Education and Spirituality

Chapter 19: Placing Integral Ecology at the Heart of Education: Transformative Learning in Critical Conversation with Laudato Si'
Christopher Hrynkow, St. Thomas More College

Chapter 20:, Laudato Si': The Ecological Imperative of the Liturgy
Peter McGrail, Liverpool Hope University

Chapter 21: The Francis Effect? Investigating the Impact of Laudato Si' on Catholic Climate Change Engagement
Nicholas Smith, University of Westminster

Conclusion: Ecocide as Deicide: Eschatological Lamentation and the Possibility of Hope
Matthew Eaton, Kings College

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