Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key

Paperback | April 28, 2015

byLarry L. Rasmussen

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Grand Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards.Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face - climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order - is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely how tochange remains an open question.In Earth-honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritualand ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight. He argues that good science, necessary as it is, will not be enough to inspire fundamental change. We must draw on religious resourcesas well to make the difficult transition from an industrial-technological age obsessed with consumption to an ecological age that restores wise stewardship of all life. Earth-honoring Faith advocates an alliance of spirituality and ecology, in which the material requirements for planetary life arereconciled with deep traditions of spirituality across religions, traditions that include mysticism, sacramentalism, prophetic practices, asceticism, and the cultivation of wisdom. It is these shared spiritual practices that can produce a chorus of world faiths to counter the consumerism,utilitarianism, alienation, oppression, and folly that have pushed us to the brink.Written with passionate commitment and deep insight, Earth-honoring Faith reminds us that we must live in the present with the knowledge that the eyes of future generations will look back at us.

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Grand Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards.Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face - climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order - is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely h...

Larry L. Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary and winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. He is the author of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Reality and Resistance and the co-editor of Earth Habitat: New Dimensions of Church and Community in Creation.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 1.42 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsPreludePART I1. The Creature We Are2. The World We Have3. The Faith We Seek4. The Ethic We Need: Change and Imagination5. The Ethic We Need: Good Theory6. The Ethic We Need: Community Matrix7. The Ethic We Need: Tilling and KeepingInterludePART II8. Asceticism and Consumerism9. The Sacred and the Commodified10. Mysticism and Alienation11. Prophetic/Liberative Practices and Oppression12. Wisdom and Folly13. ClosingPostludeNotesBibliographyIndex

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"By writing so lyrically and in open conversation with so many others struggling to create language for this civilizational transition, Larry Rasmussen shows the awkwardness of inherited language and ideas for discussing the new moral world that humanity needs to learn to inhabit. Hedemonstrates how to make sense of ancient moral traditions in a new context, and how to bend them into a new imagination of the world. This book is a serious contribution to religious ethics. It will be appreciated not only by scholars in the field but by many thinking readers worried aboutsustainability crises and looking for cultural resources to reshape our shared moral imagination." --Willis Jenkins, author of Ecologies of Grace