About the Book
• Maps the ethical terrain of an imperiled planet
• Convincing shows that eco-justice, economic justice, and racial justice are linked
• Rethinks Christian ethics in light of the ecological and economic crises
The increasingly pressing situation of Planet Earth poses urgent ethical questions. The earth crisis cannot be understood apart from the larger human crisis—economic equity, racial justice, social values, and human purpose are bound up with the planet’s survival. With climate change, humankind hovers on a precipice. A “great work” is before us: To forge ways of living together that allow Earth’s life-systems to flourish and that diminish the soul-shattering gap between those who have too much and those who have too little. For this – the testing point of human history— all forms of human knowledge have a role to play.
The world’s great faith traditions are called to plumb their depths for wisdom to meet this unprecedented moral challenge. The law of compassion or love resounds throughout religious traditions as a basic moral norm of life. What does this norm mean for the world’s high-consuming societies in the early 21st century, especially since we stand most culpable for climate change and least vulnerable to its devastating impacts. From the lens of Christian ethics, Moe-Lobeda probes this and the world of questions flowing from it.
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 a “moral vision” and applies it to the present situation in a full-fledged earth-honoring, justice-seeking Christian ethical stance.
The Network of Spiritual Progressives has chosen Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Vocation for its initial book club offering. The network, co-founded by Cornel West, Sister Joan Chittester, and Rabbi Michael Lerner, brings together people of all faiths with a focus on non-violence, caring for the earth, love, and generosity. The book group provides an online opportunity for individuals to read, comment, and discuss the same book. The first online discussion took place on March 9 with the opening sections of the book.