Francis of Assisi, the Patron of Ecology, inspired an intellectual tradition that is a rich resource for Christian environmental ethics. This lecture will explore questions such as:
- Catholics believe that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.” And at Mass they profess, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.” What are the implications of these statements of faith for who we are and for how we ought to live in an ecologically threatened world?
- Why did the Second Vatican Council insist that God is known through creation?
- How does the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition enrich Catholic environmental ethics and Catholic Social Teaching?
S. Dawn Nothwehr, OSF is a Collegeville Institute resident scholar and professor at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She is the author of Ecological Footprints: An Essential Franciscan Guide for Faith and Sustainable Living (Liturgical Press, 2012).
Cosponsored by Liturgical Press, School of Theology·Seminary, CSBSJU Department of Theology, CSBSJU Environmental Studies, and Saint John’s Outdoor University.
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