|Author/Contributor(s):||Miller, Vincent J|
Laudato Si' was a major milestone in the Catholic Church's teaching on ecology and the environment. While it received global praise as a challenge for courageous action at the Paris Climate Talks, its importance goes far beyond one act of advocacy. The encyclical modeled a compelling, public engagement between theology and science. Pope Francis offered both a moral and spiritual response to the climate and environmental crises, and a renewed interpretation of major Catholic doctrines to illuminate our ecological connection with the rest of creation.
Aimed at an undergraduate audience, this book provides a reliable introduction to the major themes of Laudato Si' such as:
- a theology of Creation that embraces the insights of contemporary science
- a renewed understanding of the human person in relationship to the rest of creation
- a spiritual vision of love for all creation
- the necessary connection between Christian solidarity with the poor and concern for the environment
- it introduces readers to the social encyclical tradition from which Laudato Si' both draws and develops.
The additional materials available through Bloomsbury's website include:
- powerpoint slides for science chapters
- video-mini lectures to supplement the chapters
- learning assignments keyed to help students engage with major points
- links to online resources relevant to the encyclical and to the environmental crises