"Laudato Si’" in the Context of Ecumenical Ecotheology

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The environment-themed encyclical of Pope Francis I, Laudato Si’, raised unprecedented attention worldwide and contributed, for example, to the agreement reached in the Paris Climate conference of December 2015. The encyclical has even now become a focal point in discussions related to Christianity and the environment, and it has ecumenical and social significance already as such. However, the content of the encyclical is rich and deserves careful analysis.

From the point of view of research in ecumenical ecotheology, the encyclical appears as a summary of various ecotheological positions and a milestone in especially Catholic environmental thought. It brings a new emphasis on the interconnectedness of humans and the rest of creation into official Catholic ecotheology, even while it remains firmly in the main current of Catholic argumentation which is based on the value of the human person.

This paper analyzes Laudato Si’ (LS) in the context of ecumenical ecotheology, drawing from an extensive research project on the history of Christian environmentalism. It is argued that while the connections in LS with Orthodox theology are evident, rare in their force and ecumenically significant, there is implicit congruence with various Protestant ecotheologies. LS is analyzed also as part of a longer historical development in Catholic ecotheology.
Titel på värdpublikationJust Do It? Recognition and Reception in Ecumenical Relations : Proceedings of the 19th Academic Consultation of the Societas Oecumenica
RedaktörerDagmar Heller, Minna Hietamäki
Antal sidor10
FörlagEvangelische Verlagsanstalt GmbH
Utgivningsdatumfeb. 2018
ISBN (tryckt)9783374053629
StatusPublicerad - feb. 2018
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangAcademic Consultation of the Societas Oecumenica - Sofia,Vuosaari, Helsinki, Finland
Varaktighet: 25 aug. 201630 aug. 2016
Konferensnummer: 19


NamnBeihefte zur Ökumenischen Rundschau


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