Earth is imperiled. Human activities are adversely affecting the
land, water, air, and myriad forms of biological life that comprise
the ecosystems of our planet. Indicators of global warming and
holes in the ozone layer inhibit functions vital to the biosphere.
Environmental damage to the planet becomes damaging to human health
and well-being now and into the future-and too often that damage
affects those who are least able to protect themselves.
Can religion make a positive contribution to preventing further
destruction of biological diversity and ecosystems and threats to
our earth? Jame Schaefer thinks that it can, and she examines the
thought of Christian Church fathers and medieval theologians to
reveal and retrieve insights that may speak to our current plight.
By reconstructing the teachings of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and
other classic thinkers to reflect our current scientific
understanding of the world, Schaefer shows how to "green" the
Catholic faith: to value the goodness of creation, to appreciate
the beauty of creation, to respect creation's praise for God, to
acknowledge the kinship of all creatures, to use creation with
gratitude and restraint, and to live virtuously within the earth
Subjects: Philosophy, Religion
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