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Title Laudato si' and the environment : Pope Francis' green encyclical / edited by Robert J. McKim
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (x, 244 pages)
Series Routledge new critical thinking in religion, theology and biblical studies
Routledge new critical thinking in religion, theology, and biblical studies.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of contributors; PART 1 Introduction; 1 The challenge and the opportunity: some perspectives on Laudato Si'; PART 2 Implementation; 2 Laudato Si' and private property; 3 Reading Laudato Si' in a rainforest country: ecological conversion and recognition of indigenous religions; 4 The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor; 5 Laudato Si' and population; 6 Rethinking our treatment of animals in light of Laudato Si'
7 "We were nowhere. We've got somewhere." Does Laudato Si' go far enough, and is the Church on board for the climate journey?PART 3 Scriptural, theological and philosophical aspects; 8 Laudato Si' and the reinterpretation of Scriptures in light of the ecological crisis; 9 Sources of authority in Laudato Si'; 10 A constructivist engagement with Laudato Si'; PART 4 Central concepts; 11 A new anthropology? Laudato Si' and the question of interconnectedness; 12 "Realities are more important than ideas": the significance of practice in Laudato Si'; 13 Opposing the "technoratic paradigm" and "appreciating the small things"; Index
Summary "This volume is a response to the Pope's Laudato Si', giving an interdisciplinary overview of its impact on the environmental concerns of Catholics as well as other religious groups. Published in 2015, it is often seen as an "environmental" encyclical and in it the Pope urges us to face up to the crisis of climate change. He argues that all of us should prioritise taking better care of the Earth, our common home, while also attending to the plight of the poor. Written by an international and multidisciplinary team of leading scholars, the Pope's invitation to all people to begin a new dialog about these matters is considered from a variety of perspectives. There is discussion of the implications for immigration, population control, eating animals, and property ownership. Additionally, indigenous religious perspectives, development and environmental protection, and the implementation of the ideas of the encyclical in the Church are explored. Each chapter deals with the scriptural, theological, and philosophical underpinnings of the encyclical, as well as other central concepts such as interconnectedness, the role of practice, and what Pope Francis calls the "technocratic paradigm". This book expertly illuminates the relationship between Laudato Si' and environmental concerns. It will, therefore, be vital reading for anyone studying religion and the environment, environmental ethics, Catholic theology, and environmental thought"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Robert McKim is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He specialises in the philosophy of religion and applied ethics and has published extensively in these areas. He has written these books: Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity (2001); On Religious Diversity (2012); and Religious Diversity and Religious Progress (2018). In addition, he has edited or co-edited these books: The Morality of Nationalism (1997); Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity (2017); and Climate Change and Inequality (2018)
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Subject Catholic Church. Pope (2013- : Francis). Laudato si'.
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Catholicism.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Theology -- General.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author McKim, Robert, editor.
LC no. 2019031523
ISBN 0429492065