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The World We Have

Larry L. Rasmussen

in Earth-honoring Faith

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0002
The World We Have

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This chapter describes the change in nature at human hands and the changed human relationship to nature in the Anthropocene Age. It does so by citing the global trends reported by scientists surveying developments since the onset of the Industrial Revolution; and by giving special attention to the “screeching acceleration” of the economy and population after World War II. It concludes with the necessity of a different way of life and what James Baldwin called new “first works.”

Keywords: global trends; the industrial-technological paradigm; population; economy; eco-modernity; transitions; first works

Chapter.  14682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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