Christianity and Anthropogenic Climate Change: A Broad Overview of the Catholic Church’s Response and Some Reflections for the Future

Roccia, Mariana ORCID: 0000-0001-9631-9910 (2024) Christianity and Anthropogenic Climate Change: A Broad Overview of the Catholic Church’s Response and Some Reflections for the Future. Religions, 15 (6). p. 690. doi:10.3390/rel15060690

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Religions play a key role in shaping our worldviews, values, and behaviours and this includes our interactions with the environment. Fuelled by the development of the technocratic paradigm, Christianity has historically received a bad reputation for perpetuating anti-environmental views. Nonetheless, the development of ecotheological strands and the emergence of faith-based organisations focusing on climate justice have aided in producing the much-needed environmental reformulations. As such, this paper seeks to provide a broad overview of the role of Christianity in shaping worldviews, from those hindering environmental action to more contemporary ecotheological approaches discussing climate change, particularly Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. Christianity’s preparedness to navigate climate change will be theorised in relation to empirical evidence and the work of European faith-based organisations, as well as the methodological opportunities that the field of ecolinguistics can offer to inform effective communication.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Planetary Climate Crisis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Christianity; anthropogenic climate change; ecotheology; Laudato si’; Laudate Deum; Pope Francis; liberation theology; ecolinguistics; the Catholic Church
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2024 14:05
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 14:15

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