A powerful warning of the perils of global warming and a mobilization of the Christian conscience to change our thinking, our ways of acting, and so to save our planet.
The recent Gulf oil spill is just the latest depredation against the planet. From every direction come signs of global climate change and other forms of ecological disaster that threaten the future of all living beings. In this sobering assessment of our condition, Paul Collins examines the nature of this crisis and how we got here—including a review of the mental habits of thought, including religious worldviews, that have contributed to our dilemma and continue to inhibit effective action.
As Collins shows, if religious ideas have contributed to the problem, there are also powerful resources within the Christian tradition that can help us—both in scripture, and in the work of prophetic “geologians” like Thomas Berry and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Drawing on these resources, Collins lays out the elements of a theology aimed at saving the Earth and ourselves.
Historian and broadcaster Paul Collins is the author of 11 books on religion, the environment, and history including Papal Power: A Proposal for Change in Catholicism’s Third Millennium (Harper Collins, 1997) and God’s Earth: Religion as if Matter Really Mattered (Dove, 1995). He lives in Canberra, Australia.