A Unit 3: Contents


E Devon‘In the Image of God’:

Humanity’s Role within Creation and Ecological Responsibility

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3.1            THE BACKGROUND TO ‘ECOLOGICAL CRISIS’

3.1.1            Introduction to Unit 3

3.1.2            Looking again at Unit 2’s historical outline

3.1.3            Non-human nature as a scarce resource

3.1.4            ‘Ecological crisis’

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3.2            EVIDENCE FOR ECOLOGICAL CRISIS?

3.2.1            Introduction

3.2.2            The 1950s and 1960s

3.2.3            The 1970s: deforestation and desertification

3.2.4            The Philippine Catholic Bishops: ‘Our Beautiful Land’

3.2.5            The 1980s: ecological problems on a global scale

3.2.6            1990 to the present: a growing consensus

3.2.7            Ecological destruction and human poverty

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3.3            ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: HAS CHRISTIANITY CAUSED IT?

3.3.1            Lynn White Jr’s argument

3.3.2            A patron saint for ecology

3.3.3            Scriptural texts relating to ecological responsibility

3.3.4            ‘In the image of God’: introduction

3.3.5            ‘In the image of God’: (a) dominion in the good creation

3.3.6            ‘In the image of God’: (b) humans as ‘persons in relation’

3.3.7            ‘In the image of God’: summary

3.3.8            Questions for discussion half way through unit

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3.4            STATEMENTS IN CST ON ECOLOGICAL ISSUES

3.4.1            Beginnings

3.4.2            Pope John Paul II

3.4.3            The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

3.4.4            Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis

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3.5            ASSESSMENT AND ACTION

3.5.1            Critical overview of CST on ecology: Dorr

3.5.2            Critical overview of CST on ecology: Deane-Drummond

3.5.3            ‘Living life to the full’ with all creation

3.5.4            Review and discussion of Unit 3

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3.6            COMMENTS ON UNIT 3

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