Environment and Christian Ethics
This book is about the extent, origins and causes of the environmental crisis. Dr Northcott argues that Christianity has lost the biblical awareness of the inter-connectedness of all life. He shows how Christian theologians and believers might recover a more...
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This book is about the extent, origins and causes of the environmental crisis. Dr Northcott argues that Christianity has lost the biblical awareness of the inter-connectedness of all life. He shows how Christian theologians and believers might recover a more ecologically friendly belief system and life style. The author provides an important corrective to secular approaches to environmental ethics, including utilitarian individualism, animal rights theories and deep ecology. He contends that neither the stewardship tradition, nor the panentheist or process ecological theologies have successfully mobilised the Christian tradition. He demonstrates that the Hebrew Bible contains an ecological message which is close to the traditions of many primal and indigenous peoples and which provides an important corrective to instrumental attitudes to nature in much modern philosophy and Christian ethics.
A new approach to environmental ethics from within the Christian tradition.
Prof. Michael S. Northcott (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Professor of Ethics, within th Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh
He is an ordained Anglican Priest, a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft, Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. He has been visiting professor at theClaremont School of Theology, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya.
He is best known for his work in environmental theology and ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics (CUP 1996) is in its fourth printing. More recently published books include Life After Debt: Christianity and Global Justice (SPCK, 1999); An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire (I B Tauris, 2005) and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Darton Longman and Todd and Orbis Press, 2007). Co-edited volumes include Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology (Duke University Press, 2009) with Kyle Vanhoutan and Theology After Darwin (Paternoster Press, 2009) with R. J. Berry.
- 1. Frogs, Floods And Famines
- 2. The Origins Of The Environmental Crisis
- 3. The Turn To Nature
- 4. The Flowering Of Ecotheology
- 5. The Order Of Creation
- 6. Creation, Redemption And Natural Law Ethics
- 7. Natural Law And Ecological Society.