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Post Tagged 'Laudato Si'

EcoLinks 07.02.15

Pope got some wrong, a little right Doug Bandow, National View The Vatican’s new papal encyclical on the environment is a highly political discussion of the theology of the environment. Pope Francis mixes heartfelt concern for ecology with an often limited or confused understanding of the problem of pollution and the meaning of markets. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 07.01.15

Debate: Has the world improved in the last 60 years? Max Roser At the Oxford Martin School I debated with Anders Sandberg from Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and Robert Walker from the University’s Social Policy department whether we achieved to build a better world. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 06.30.15

Matt Ridley on Climate Change Russ Roberts, Library of Economics and Liberty Science writer and author Matt Ridley discusses climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Based on his reading of the scientific evidence, Ridley describes himself as a “lukewarmer.” While Ridley agrees that humans have made the climate warmer, he argues that the impact is small or positive over some temperature ranges and regions. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 06.29.15

Good Stewards of the Earth Religions for Peace New Faiths for Earth Campaign Shortcomings undercut message of encyclical Doug Bandow, Philly.com For instance, the encyclical complains much of capitalism as well as property rights, which, in the pope’s view, allow selfish individuals to act against the public interest. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 06.25.15

Conservative Catholics Try to Domesticate Laudato Si Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches Meanwhile, the response from the US leadership of the church to Francis’ urgent plea for action has been noticeably muted. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 06.24.15

The problem with Pope Francis’ encyclical is that nature is nasty: Spengler David P. Goldman, Spengler The trouble with natural theology (the notion that nature itself points us to an understanding of the divine) is that nature herself is a nasty piece of work. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 06.23.15

Concerning the “Ecological” Path to Salvation James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic World Report Whether or not we need church leaders also “believing” this ecological doctrine is probably not so clear. Continue Reading...

Patriarch, Pope and a Bishop’s ‘Radical Ecology’

At the Vatican press conference on Thursday for the launch of Pope Francis’ enviromental encyclical, a high ranking Greek Orthodox bishop, Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, said the document, titled Laudato Si in Latin or Praise be to You in English, comes at a “critical moment in human history” and will “undoubtedly have a worldwide effect on people’s consciousness.” He thanked the pope for “for raising his authoritative voice to draw the attention of the world to the urgent need to protect God’s creation from the damage we humans inflict on it with our behavior towards nature.” Zizioulas, an advocate of what he calls “Radical Ecology” (more on that below), was in Rome as the representative of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew whose church for more than three decades  has taken to the bully pulpit of this ancient and oppressed see to advance Christian stewardship of the environment. Continue Reading...