The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics

Hardcover | January 4, 2016

byDaniel P. Scheid

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As ecological degradation continues to threaten permanent and dramatic changes for life on our planet, the question of how we can protect our imperiled Earth has become more pressing than ever before. In this book, Daniel Scheid draws on Catholic social thought to construct what he calls the"cosmic common good," a new norm for interreligious ecological ethics. This ethical vision sees humans as an intimate part of the greater whole of the cosmos, emphasizes the simultaneous instrumental and intrinsic value of nature, and affirms the integral connection between religious practice andthe pursuit of the common good.When ecologically reoriented, Catholic social thought can point the way toward several principles of the cosmic common good, such as the virtue of Earth solidarity and the promotion of Earth rights. These are rooted in the classical doctrines of creation in Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and inThomas Berry's interpretation of the evolutionary cosmic story. The cosmic common good can also be found in Hindu, Buddhist, and American Indian religious traditions. By placing a Catholic cosmic common good in dialogue with Hindu dharmic ecology, Buddhist interdependence, and American Indianbalance with all our relations, Scheid constructs a theologically authentic moral framework that re-envisions humanity's role in the universe.

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As ecological degradation continues to threaten permanent and dramatic changes for life on our planet, the question of how we can protect our imperiled Earth has become more pressing than ever before. In this book, Daniel Scheid draws on Catholic social thought to construct what he calls the"cosmic common good," a new norm for interrel...

Daniel P. Scheid is Assistant Professor of Theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:January 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgements1. The Cosmic Common Good as a Ground for Interreligious Ecological EthicsPart I: A Catholic Cosmic Common Good2. A Catholic Cosmic Common Good: Overview and Prospects3. Classical Sources for a Catholic Cosmic Common Good: Augustine and Thomas Aquinas4. Thomas Berry and an Evolutionary Catholic Cosmic Common Good5. Earth Solidarity6. Earth RightsPart II: The Cosmic Common Good and Interreligious Ecological Ethics7. Comparative Theology and Ecological Ethics8. Hindu Traditions: Dharmic Ecology9. Buddhist Traditions: Interdependence10. American Indian Traditions: Balance with All Our RelationsConclusion: An Interreligious Cosmic Common GoodNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This visionary and carefully crafted work takes the theological grounds of ecological responsibility to a new level. Though most scholars recognize that interreligious cooperation is essential if humans are to resolve urgent global challenges, few are equipped to offer specific andtradition-spanning theoretical grounds to anchor activism and hope. It is no exaggeration to say that this book is essential reading at the cutting edge of Christian ecological ethics." --Lisa Sowle Cahill, author of Global Justice, Christology and Christian Ethics