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The ecological crisis is a serious challenge to Christian theology and ethics because the crisis is rooted partly in flawed convictions about the rights and powers of humankind in relation to the rest of the natural world. James A. Nash argues that Christianity can draw on a rich theological and ethical tradition with which to confront this challenge.
James A. Nash is the Executive Director of the Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy, Washington, D. C.
Table of Contents
|Character of the Crisis||p. 17|
|Purposes and Progression||p. 19|
|Dimensions and Dilemmas of the Ecological Crisis: the Pollution Complex||p. 23|
|Pollution: Poisoning Our Neighbors||p. 24|
|Global Warming: Climate Change and Excessive Consumption||p. 32|
|Ozone Depletion: What Price Convenience and Luxury?||p. 37|
|Dimensions and Dilemmas of the Ecological Crisis: Exceeding the Limits||p. 40|
|Resource Exhaustion: Living Beyond Planetary Means||p. 40|
|Population Progress: Beyond Earth's Carrying Capacity||p. 44|
|Maldistribution: The Linkage Between Economic Injustice and Ecological Degradation||p. 50|
|Radical Reductions and Extinctions of Species: The Loss of Biodiversity||p. 54|
|Genetic Engineering: Restraining Human Powers||p. 59|
|The Ecological Virtues||p. 63|
|The Ecological Complaint Against Christianity||p. 68|
|A Confession of Sin||p. 72|
|No Single Cause||p. 74|
|Christ and Culture||p. 77|
|Ecological Sensitivity in Christian History||p. 79|
|Interreligious Miscomparisons||p. 88|
|Potential for Reformation||p. 91|
|Firm Foundations: Doctrines of Creation, Covenant, Divine Image, Incarnation, and Spiritual Presence||p. 93|
|Creation: God's Cosmic and Relational Values||p. 95|
|The Ecological Covenant of Relationality||p. 100|
|Divine Image and Dominion as Responsible Representation||p. 102|
|The Incarnation as Cosmic Representation||p. 108|
|Sacramental Presence of the Spirit||p. 111|
|Firm Foundations: Doctrines of Sin, Judgment, Redemption, and Church||p. 117|
|Sin as an Ecological Disorder||p. 117|
|Divine Judgments in Natural History||p. 121|
|Consummation as Cosmic Redemption||p. 124|
|The Church as Agent of Ecological Liberation and Reconciliation||p. 133|
|A Summation||p. 137|
|Loving Nature: Christian Love in an Ecological Context||p. 139|
|Love: The Ground of Christian Theology and Ethics||p. 140|
|Dilemmas of Definition||p. 143|
|Love and Predation||p. 146|
|Qualifications of Ecological Love||p. 148|
|Ecological Dimensions of Love||p. 151|
|Love as Ecological Justice: Rights and Responsibilities||p. 162|
|Biblical Bases for Justice||p. 163|
|Love and Justice||p. 166|
|Meaning of Justice||p. 167|
|Rights and Justice||p. 169|
|Human Environmental Rights||p. 171|
|Biotic Rights||p. 173|
|Boundaries of Biotic Rights||p. 176|
|Individuals and Collectives||p. 179|
|A Bill of Biotic Rights||p. 186|
|Prima Facie Biotic Rights||p. 189|
|Political Directions for Ecological Integrity||p. 192|
|Politics in Ethical Perspective||p. 192|
|Resolving the Economics-Ecology Dilemma||p. 197|
|Regulatory Sufficiency||p. 203|
|Responsibilities to Future Generations||p. 206|
|The Guardianship of Biodiversity||p. 210|
|International Cooperation for Ecological Security||p. 215|
|Linking Justice, Peace, and Ecology||p. 217|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 245|
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