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Earth-honoring Faith

Larry L. Rasmussen

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.001.0001
Earth-honoring Faith

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“The unit of survival of human society is not human society. Its unit of survival is nature comprehensively. Our origin, ongoing life, and destiny reside here. The belonging we are born to is ecospheric and cosmic. Religions and moralities that do not account for these dimensions somewhere near their pulsing centers are now quaint and dangerous.” These lines, taken from the book, lead into the two-fold aim of this work. (1) To recast religious ethics so as to re-center the moral universe from (abstracted and disembodied) human society to the full community of life and its primal elements—earth, air, fire, water. And (2) to reconcile the deep traditions of spirituality—mysticism, sacramentalism, asceticism, prophetic/liberative practices, wisdom—with ecological ethics. Part I of the book undertakes the first aim, Part II the second. Both parts are precipitated by a planet in jeopardy at human hands, both parts are governed by the quest for Earth-honoring faith and morality, and both parts share the conviction that religious communities have indispensable resources for a robust Earth faith and ethics. Yet the millennial traditions of religions also require a conversion to Earth as they face their own ecological phase in a new geological era, the Anthropocene. All told, this is religious ethics in a new key, a song (Earth-honoring faith) of many different songs (multiple traditions) in a re-framed moral universe.

Keywords: religious ethics; deep traditions; belonging; Earth-honoring faith; change; ecosphere; song

Book.  432 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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Prelude in Earth-honoring Faith

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The Creature We Are in Earth-honoring Faith

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The World We Have in Earth-honoring Faith

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The Faith We Seek in Earth-honoring Faith

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The Ethic We Need: Good Theory in Earth-honoring Faith

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Interlude in Earth-honoring Faith

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Asceticism and Consumerism in Earth-honoring Faith

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