Because Water is Life

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Gary L. Chamberlain
  • Winona, MN: 
    Saint Mary's Press of Minnesota
    , August
     188 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Climate change. Pollution. Scarcity. Fracking. Privatization. Acidification. What can Catholicism’s “best-kept secret”—the social doctrine of the church—teach us about Earth’s water crisis?

In fact, it can teach us a lot.

Gary Chamberlain’s Because Water Is Life: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Earth’s Water Crisesexplores the major issues we face when it comes to water by analyzing them through the lens of Catholic social teaching (CST). After introducing the principles of CST, Because Water Is Lifeexplores narratives about real people and scenarios to unpack six contemporary water crises. With review and discussion questions and recommendations for additional research and reading, Because Water Is Life not only encourages critical thinking on some of today’s most pressing issues but also catalyzes action and inspires hope for developing a new water ethic.

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

Gary Chamberlain is Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Seattle University.


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