About the Book
Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation
• 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.
Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation won the 2015 Nautilus Book Award for Social Justice.
Table of Contents
Foreword | Larry Rasmussen
2. Moral Crisis, Context, Call
3. Structural Violence as Structural Evil
4. Unmasking Evil That Parades as Good
5. Countering Moral Oblivion
6. Theological Seeds of Hope and Power
7. Love: Mystery and Practical Reality
8. Love: Ecological and Economic Vocation
9. Love’s Moral Framework
10. Love in Action: Resistance and Rebuilding