The increasingly pressing situation of Planet Earth poses urgent ethical questions for Christians. But, as Cynthia Moe-Lobeda argues, the future of the earth is not simply a matter of protecting species and habitats but of rethinking the very meaning of Christian ethics. The earth crisis cannot be understood apart from the larger human crisis—economic equity, social values, and human purpose are bound up with the planet’s survival. In a sense, she says, the whole earth is a moral community.
Reorienting Christian ethics from its usual anthropocentrism to an ecocentrism entails a new framework that Moe-Lobeda lays out in her first chapters, culminating in a creative rethinking of how it is that we understand morally. With this “moral epistemology” in place, she unfolds her notion of “moral vision” and applies it to the present situation in a full-fledged earth-honoring, justice-seeking Christian ethical stance.
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America in theology and matters of climate justice, economic justice, environmental racism, economic globalization, moral agency, public church, and eco-feminist theology. She is author of Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (Fortress, 2002), Public Church: For the Life of the World(Fortress, 2004), and numerous articles and chapters. She is co-author of The Bible and Ethics: A New Conversation (Fortress, 20187), Francis and the Foolishness of God (Orbis, 1993), and Say to this Mountain: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (Orbis, 1996). Cynthia is a member of the Eco-Reformation Speakers Bureau.
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