The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics

ISBN : 9780199359431

Daniel P. Scheid
264 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Feb 2016
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As ecological degradation continues to threaten permanent and dramatic changes for life on our planet, the question of how we can protect our imperiled Earth has become more pressing than ever before. In this book, Daniel Scheid draws on Catholic social thought as the foundation for a new type of interreligious ecological ethics, which he calls the cosmic common good, that sees humans as just a part of the greater whole of the cosmos. The cosmic common good emphasizes the instrumental and intrinsic value of nature and the integral connection between religious practice and the pursuit of the common good. Scheid begins his analysis by rooting his vision of the cosmic common good in the classical doctrines of creation found in the works of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas and in Thomas Berry's interpretation of the evolutionary cosmic story. He goes on to explore conceptions of a cosmic common good in other traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and American Indian religion. Scheid demonstrates that dialogue with these non-Christian traditions both confirms and expands the cosmic common good as a theologically authentic moral framework that re-envisions humanity's role in the universe.


Chapter One: The Cosmic Common Good as a Ground for Interreligious Ecological Ethics

Part I: A Catholic Cosmic Common Good
Chapter Two: A Catholic Cosmic Common Good: Overview and Prospects
Chapter Three: Classical Sources for a Catholic Cosmic Common Good: Augustine and Thomas Aquinas
Chapter Four: Thomas Berry and an Evolutionary Catholic Cosmic Common Good
Chapter Five: Earth Solidarity
Chapter Six: Earth Rights

Part II: The Cosmic Common Good and Interreligious Ecological Ethics
Chapter Seven: Comparative Theology and Ecological Ethics
Chapter Eight: Hindu Traditions: Dharmic Ecology
Chapter Nine: Buddhist Traditions: Interdependence
Chapter Ten: American Indian Traditions: Balance with All Our Relations

Conclusion: An Interreligious Cosmic Common Good

About the author: 

Daniel P. Scheid is Assistant Professor of Theology at Duquesne University.

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