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Formation of an Ecological Conscience: A Christian Imperative

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2023-10-22 09:58 UTC+7 286
Amidst ongoing ecological crises, the global community has recognized the critical importance of addressing ecological issues and forging a sustainable connection with the environment.

Anthony Le Duc

Verbum SVD 62, no. 2 (2023):199-214

Abstract

Amidst ongoing ecological crises, the global community has recognized the critical importance of addressing ecological issues and forging a sustainable connection with the environment. As humanity grapples with the profound consequences of environmental degradation and climate change, various philosophical, ethical, and spiritual perspectives have emerged to guide our collective response. A key aspect of this endeavor is the development of an ecological conscience within each individual. This essay explores the Christian tradition, particularly within the Catholic Church, as a valuable source for shaping and nurturing an ecological conscience. Drawing on scriptural and magisterial sources, it delves into the concepts of ecological conversion, ecological conscience, and ecological consciousness, emphasizing the need for a transformative shift in attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. By nurturing an ecological conscience and integrating spiritual practices with environmental stewardship, Christian disciples contribute to the creation of a more sustainable and just world. This essay calls for a reimagining of Christian spiritual sources and practices to align them with ecological concerns, enabling a purposeful formation and nurturing of an ecological conscience.

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