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Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si'

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John B Cobb Jr., Ignacio Castuera
Toward Ecological Civilization, Volume 7
  • Anoka, MN: 
    Process Century Press
    , August
     492 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis addressed the world about the fate of the planet, focusing especially on the threat of climate disaster. He called for a worldview that would emphasize the interconnectedness of things and what he called an “integral ecology.” In Claremont, CA, earlier the same month, a conference called “Seizing an Alternative,” keynoted by Bill McKibben, also focused attention on climate change and called for a new worldview that would reflect the interconnectedness of all things, or an “ecological civilization.” The conference leaders saw that their aims and hopes now had a global leader. The goals of an integral ecology and an ecological civilization are the same. The task now for those who care about the fate of the world is to give whatever support they can to Pope Francis. As a first step, more than 60 persons involved in that conference answered the pope’s call for dialogue and wrote responses to the pope’s encyclical letter, Laudato si’. This book is a collection of those essays, written by people representing a diversity of faith traditions and cultures and many fields of activity and inquiry. They offer support, constructive criticism, and proposals for implementing the pope’s ideas. To engage a larger public, it is important to engage the encyclical seriously, by widening and deepening the discussion. This book is offered in the hopes of facilitating that conversation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John B. Cobb, Jr. is an American theologian, philosopher, and enviornmentalist, and the preeminent scholar in process thought. The author of more than 50 books, he was the guiding force behind the 2015 “Seizing and Alternative” conference on the contribution of a Whiteheadian worldview to the issues of climate change.

Ignacio Castuera has been active in liberation theology and process thought for many years. Ordained by the United Methodist Church, he has been a pastor, district superintendent, social service agency administrator, and theology lecturer.

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