Laudato Si’ and the Environment: Pope Francis’ Green Encyclical, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Laudato Si’ and the Environment

Pope Francis’ Green Encyclical, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert McKim


280 pages

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Hardback: 9781138588813
pub: 2019-09-20
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This volume is a response to the Pope’s Laudato Si’, giving an interdisciplinary overview of its impact on the environmental concerns of Catholics as well as other religious groups. Published in 2015, it is often seen as an "environmental" encyclical and in it the Pope urges us to face up to the crisis of climate change. He argues that all of us should prioritise taking better care of the Earth, our common home, while also attending to the plight of the poor.

Written by an international and multidisciplinary team of leading scholars, the Pope’s invitation to all people to begin a new dialog about these matters is considered from a variety of perspectives. There is discussion of the implications for immigration, population control, eating animals, and property ownership. Additionally, indigenous religious perspectives, development and environmental protection, and the implementation of the ideas of the encyclical in the Church are explored. Each chapter deals with the scriptural, theological, and philosophical underpinnings of the encyclical, as well as other central concepts such as interconnectedness, the role of practice, and what Pope Francis calls the "technocratic paradigm".

This book expertly illuminates the relationship between Laudato Si’ and environmental concerns. It will, therefore, be vital reading for anyone studying religion and the environment, environmental ethics, Catholic theology, and environmental thought.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction


1 The Challenge and the Opportunity: Some Perspectives on Laudato Si’

Robert McKim



Part 2 Implementation


2 Laudato Si’ and Private Property

Eric T. Freyfogle


3 Reading Laudato Si’ in a Rainforest Country: Ecological Conversion and Recognition of Indigenous Religions

Zainal Abidin Bagir


4 The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor

Darrel Moellendorf


5 Laudato Si’ and Population

Herman Daly


6 Rethinking our Treatment of Animals in Light of Laudato Si’

David Clough


7  ‘We were nowhere. We’ve got somewhere.’ Does Laudato Si’ go far enough, and is the Church on board for the climate journey?


Paddy Woodworth




Part 3  Theological, Scriptural, and Philosophical Aspects



8 Laudato Si’ and the reinterpretation of Scriptures in light of the ecological crisis

Margaret Daly-Denton


9 Sources of Authority in Laudato Si’

Cristina L.H. Traina


10 A Constructivist Engagement with Laudato Si’

Kieran P. Donaghy




Part 4  Central Concepts


11 A New Anthropology? Laudato Si' and the Question of Interconnectedness

Celia Deane-Drummond


12 ‘Realities are More Important than Ideas’: The Significance of Practice in Laudato Si’

Gretel Van Wieren


13 Opposing the ‘technocratic paradigm’ and ‘appreciating the small things’

Robert McKim

About the Editor

Robert McKim is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He specialises in the philosophy of religion and applied ethics and has published extensively in these areas. He has written these books: Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity (2001); On Religious Diversity (2012); and Religious Diversity and Religious Progress (2018). In addition, he has edited or co-edited these books: The Morality of Nationalism (1997); Religious Perspectives on Religious Diversity (2017); and Climate Change and Inequality (2018).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / General
RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic
RELIGION / Christian Life / Social Issues
RELIGION / Comparative Religion
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christianity / General
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
RELIGION / Theology
RELIGION / Religion & Science
RELIGION / Christian Church / Leadership