An Ethics of Biodiversity: Christianity, Ecology, and the by Kevin O'Brien

By Kevin O'Brien

Lifestyles in the world is wildly assorted, however the way forward for that variety is now in query. via environmentally harmful farming practices, ever-expanding power use, and the advance and homogenization of land, humans are liable for extraordinary discounts within the number of existence kinds round us. Estimates recommend that species extinctions attributable to people take place at as much as 1,000 instances the average cost, and that considered one of each twenty species on the earth can be eliminated through 2060.
An Ethics of Biodiversity argues that those proof may still motivate cautious mirrored image and motion in Christian church buildings, which needs to study from earth's gigantic range as a way to aid preserve the traditional and social variety of our planet. Bringing medical information into dialog with theological culture, the publication exhibits that biodiversity is some extent of intersection among religion and ethics, social justice and environmentalism, technological know-how and politics, worldwide difficulties and native options. An Ethics of Biodiversity bargains a collection of instruments for college kids, environmentalists, and other people of religion to imagine seriously approximately how humans can stay with and as a part of the range of existence in God's construction.

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Htm. 16. Ibid. The Variety of Lifeâ•… 37 17. html. 18. All biblical citations in this book come from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). 19. ” 20. Nash, “The Bible vs. Biodiversity,” 225. 21. Nash, Loving Nature, 96. 22. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, “To Commit a Crime against the Natural World Is a Sin,” in Tal, Speaking of Earth, 205. 23. Bouma-Prediger, For the Beauty of the Earth, 179. 24. Maguire, Death by Choice, 78. 25. Curran, Catholic Moral Tradition Today, 11. 26. , “An Open Letter to the Religious Community,” iii.

18 Other biblical texts celebrate the majesty and variety of God’s creation not to call human beings to stewardship but to humble our species as just one among many of God’s creatures. At the end of the book of Job, for instance, God responds to the questions of a blameless and upright man by putting them into the context of the wild world beyond human experience. God describes lions, mountain goats, deer, donkeys, oxen, ostriches, horses, locusts, and hawks, celebrating the unique characteristics of each species and painting a picture of the world as rich and complicated beyond human understanding.

S. ” The words were first contracted into one by Walter Rosen during the organization of the 1986 “National Forum on BioDiversity,” the proceedings of which became the 1988 volume, BioDiversity. 5. These figures come from Eldredge, Life in the Balance, vii. However, the same or similar figures can be found in many sources. , Global Biodiversity Assessment. 6. Secretariat, “Global Biodiversity Outlook 2,”10. 7. For instance, Noss and Cooperrider add a fourth and fifth level above the ecosystem—landscape and region—in their book Saving Nature’s Legacy, 8–12.

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