Earth Community Earth Ethics

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Orbis Books, 1996 - Religion - 366 pages
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In this important new book, social ethicist Larry Rasmussen lays the foundations for an approach to faith and ethics appropriate to a community of the earth, in all its peril and promise. Earth Community, Earth Ethics is a comprehensive treatment that synthesizes insights from religion, ethics, and environmentalism in a single vision for creating a sustainable community. Earth Community, Earth Ethics is arranged in three parts. In the first Rasmussen scans our global situation and brings into relief the extraordinary range of dangers threatening all life on our planet. In part two he explores worlds of religion, ethics, and human symbolism to glean from them the resources for a necessary "conversion to earth". Finally, he sketches a constructive ethic that can guide us out of our present situation. While its principle focus is environmental ethics Earth Community, Earth Ethics builds on the foundations of international discussions of sustainable development, and such books as The Ecology of Commerce and Envisioning a Sustainable Society. Rasmussen shows how the environmental predicament underscores a variety of crises afflicting modern industrial society: in economics, in politics, in gender and reproductive relations, as well as the debates on the very meaning of life itself.

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Slow Womb
25
Sweet Betsy and Her Avalanche
38
Three Revolutions or Four?
53
Environmental Apartheid
75
Ecumenical Earth
90
Creations Integrity
98
The Big Economy and the Great Economy
111
Trees of Life
195
Or Bare Ruined Choirs?
208
The Gifts of Darkness
220
Adam Where Are You?
227
ReBeginnings
248
Returning to Our Senses
270
The Cross of Reality
282
Song of Songs
295

Message from Chiapas
127
Message from Geneva
138
Fish Stories
155
Conclusions
168
Midges and Cosmologies
181
The Vine Languishes the MerryHearted Sigh
188
Earth Community
322
The Moral Frame
344
Index of Persons and Subjects
355
Scripture Index
365
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About the author (1996)

Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

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