Tag: Climate Change

Wizards, Prophets, and the Archbishops and Bishops of the Christian Church
Environmental Ethics, Public Life, Religion and the Environment

Wizards, Prophets, and the Archbishops and Bishops of the Christian Church

In his 2018 book The Wizard and the Prophet, Charles C. Mann describes the work and approaches of two of the most important environmentalists of the 20th century: William Vogt and Norman Borlaug. Unfortunately, their “blueprints” are contradictory approaches to the problems of climate change. Mann categorizes those who follow Borlaug’s model of “techno-optimism” (that…

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Transgressing Our Planetary Boundaries
Environmental Ethics, Religion and Science

Transgressing Our Planetary Boundaries The Climate Crisis and Ecological Sin, Part 2

In 1997, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople coined the term “ecological sin[1]” and since then his idea has come to influence a number of thinkers both within the Orthodox Church as well as others; the most prominent of which has been Pope Francis, who cites Bartholomew in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ (sections 7-9)…

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Climate Crisis and Creation Care
Environmental Ethics

Climate Crisis and Creation Care In Response to the Call from Halki 111

български | ქართული | ελληνικά | Română | Русский | Српски On the publication of Climate Crisis and Creation Care: Historical Perspectives, Ecological Integrity and Justice and Climate Crisis and Sustainable Creaturely Care: Integrated Theology, Governance and Justice, both edited Christina Nellist (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2021). Today, it is reasonable to suggest that most people…

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Should Orthodox Christians Care about the Climate?
Environmental Ethics

Should Orthodox Christians Care about the Climate?

While the Orthodox Church has gained a reputation internationally as a “green” church, largely due to the environmental initiatives of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the reality is much more complicated on the ground. The science behind the human causes of climate change and its catastrophic consequences is settled, but the issue unfortunately remains a sharply divisive…

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What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change
Public Life

What’s Missing from the Pope and Patriarch’s Statement on Climate Change

On September 1, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued a joint statement in commemoration of the ecclesiastical Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. As has become typical, this statement expressed concern for the well-being of the poorest of the poor while simultaneously overlooking the primary means by which their poverty has been…

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Common Senses
Environmental Ethics

Common Senses

On Friday, Sept. 1, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis issued a “Joint Message on the World Day of Prayer for Creation.” Just over one page long, the pithy document packs an ethical imperative into its message about prayer for creation. This isn’t the first time that a pope and Patriarch have opined together on…

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Politics by Candlelight: Contemplating Political Catharsis and Illumination
Religion and Politics

Politics by Candlelight: Contemplating Political Catharsis and Illumination

“Democracy is coming to the USA.” (Leonard Cohen) Americans don’t like talking openly about politics across party lines; they prefer to talk in their own silos and not to each other. American Christians – at least, this is my experience among Orthodox Christians in America – would almost identify political argumentation as somehow betraying the…

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