Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice

Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice

by John B. Cobb Jr.
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Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice

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.

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
Product dimensions: (w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     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
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
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
Economics and Ecology in the United States     54
Economics     54
Ecology     55
The Relation of Economyand 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
Beyond Anthropocentrism     82
The "Integrity of Creation"     82
Moving beyond Anthropocentrism     87
The Debate among Those beyond Anthropocentrism     100
The Diverse Groups beyond Anthropocentrism     100
The Voice of the Church     106
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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