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By Fred Van Dyke

ISBN-10: 0313375364

ISBN-13: 9780313375361

There are many books on Christian environmental ethics, yet none offers a transparent and thorough research of the heritage of the church's realizing of and practices towards the care of production. as well as filling this significant void, among Heaven and Earth: Christian views on Environmental safeguard is usually specific in no less than methods. First, it frames Christian responses to moral questions as they're understood via sleek conservation ethicists. moment, it addresses problems with conservation administration and coverage as they truly exist.

This pleasing quantity starts off by means of framing the complicated interplay among ethics, atmosphere, and religion and the relation of that interplay to questions of environmental ethics. next chapters light up a biblical figuring out of the human courting to nature and the church's teachings and practices concerning that dating, illustrated in the course of the lives of students and saints. The booklet concludes with an exam of the ways that Christian perform and instructing can form environmental coverage this day and the ways that partnerships might be equipped among the church and the environmental community.

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Ibid. 25. Ibid. 26. , p. 1206. 27. , p. 1207. Ethics, Environment, and Christian Faith: Framing a Complex Interaction 25 28. Ian McHarg, Design With Nature (Garden City, NJ: Natural History Press, 1969). 29. Paul Ehrlich and Richard L. Harriman, How to be a Survivor (New York: Ballantine, 1971). 30. Leo Marx, “American Institutions and Ecological Ideals,” Science 170 (1970): 945–952. 31. Bonnie J. McCay and Svein Jentoft, “Market or Community Failure? Critical Perspectives on Common Property Research,” Human Organization 57 (1998): 21–29.

But to understand this hope fully requires an examination of concepts we have yet to address, and to say more of that now would be to get ahead of ourselves. For the moment, our subject is ethics, and, for now, we will let that subject reside in the present. Ethics, in a present context, represent an organized system of values that prescribe what one must do to attain a desired end that is morally right. The end that we choose is based on the values we assign. If an ethic is going to “work” in defining the human relationship to nature, it must successfully address five 22 Between Heaven and Earth fundamental questions, the answers to which will frame all aspects of the human relationship to nature: 1.

Ibid. 37. Holmes Rolston III, “Winning and Losing in Environmental Ethics,” In Ethics and Environmental Policy: Theory Meets Practice, ed. Frederick Ferre´ and Peter Hartel (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1994), 217–234, p. 230. 38. Callicott, “The Case Against Moral Pluralism,” in Beyond the Land Ethic: More Essays in Environmental Philosophy (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999), 143–169. 39. Callicott, “Multicultural Environmental Ethics,” Daedalus 130 (2001): 77–97, p. 82.

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