Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives

Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives



Can theologians respond meaningfully to the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activities are accelerating the temperature of Earth and adversely affecting people, other species, ecological systems, and the biosphere? Members of the Catholic Theological Society of Americas Interest Group on Global Warming have dug deeply into the biblical to contemporary traditions, reflected systematically, and produced seventeen original essays that demonstrate fruitful ways in which to approach the climate crisis so that current and predicted effects may be mitigated. Framing these essays are an overview of basic scientific findings that compelled this group effort and statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI.



Publication Date



Marquette University Press


Milwaukee, WI


Human ecology -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church, Global warming -- Religious aspects -- Christianity, Ecotheology


Ecology and Evolutionary Biology | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Table of Contents

Biblically inspired perspectives. Sophia wisdom and climate change / Suzanne Franck --

Creation and covenant in the theology of the apostle Paul / Annemarie S. Kidder --

Ecological hermeneutic of Col 1:15-20: a panentheistic proposal / Vincent A. Pizzuto --

Perspectives inspired by medieval theologians. Bonaventure's Franciscan Christology: a resource for eco-conversion toward halting human-forced climate change / Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F --

Thomas Aquinas, the cosmic common good, and climate change / Daniel P. Scheid --

On knowing oneself in an age of ecological concern / William C. French --

Catholic theology, international law, and the global climate crisis / William P. George --

Perspectives inspired by 20th-century theologians. Teilhardian value-supportive world view / Roberg Faricy, S.J. --

Teilhard and the limits to growth: the evolutionary dynamic toward 'ultra-humanity' / Richard W. Kropf --

Climate change and the theology of Karl Rahner: a hermeneutical dialogue / Denis Edwards --

Changing our minds: Bernard Lonergan and climate change / Ricahrd M. Liddy --

Hans Urs von Balthasar and deep ecology: towards a Doxological ecology / Anthony C. Sciglitano, Jr. --

Thomas Berry as the groundwork for a dark green Catholic theology / Peter Ellard --

Feminist perspectives. Rushing winds and rising waters: seeking the presence of God in a radically changing world / Colleen Mary Carpenter --

Trees, "living symbols of peace and hope”: Wangari Maathai and ecofeminist theology / Anne M. Clifford, C.S.J. --

Catholic social teaching perspectives. "With generous courage" promise and poignance in the legacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI / Connie Lasher, Msgr. Charles Murphy --

Solidarity, subsidiarity, and preference for the poor: extending Catholic social teaching in response to the climate crisis / Jame Schaefer --

Global climate change: a plea for dialogue, prudence, and the common good / U.S. Catholic Bishops, with comments by Jane Elyse Russell, O.S.F. --

If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation / Pope Benedict XVI --

Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives