The following are the most pertinent scholarly sources chosen by the fall 2015 REL 345, Issues in Christian Ethics, class regarding Laudato Si. They are separated into categories depending on what type of resource it is.
Attfield, R. (2009). Mediated Responsibilities, Global Warming, and the Scope of Ethics. Journal Of Social Philosophy
The article focuses on the ethical aspects of the association of mediated responsibilities of humanity with global warming. It notes the need to conceptualize the content of ethics to consider the foreseeable impact of the actions of individuals and nations on the biosphere and in distant future. Thus, it cites that framework of actions should be modified to address mediated responsibilities, ones where there is one or another kind of distance or gap between action and foreseeable impacts. It explores the aspects of mediated responsibilities that have strong bearing on global warming including the impacts of current action in the future condition and the cumulative impacts of a single action. Moreover, it demonstrates various kinds of mediated responsibilities and its applications.
"Church Should Help Build 'Ethical' Perspective on Global Warming." America 209.19 (2013): 8-9.
The article discusses the need for churches to promote an ethical perspective on global warming. Topics covered include the challenge to civilization caused by climate change, importance of Catholic social teaching to prevent the event, need for churches to encourage mutual responsibility. Also mentioned are the crisis situation faced by the humanity, the call for reviewing the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Here are a number of other sources gathered from the same students. Although these were not the top ranked sources, they are still found to be very useful when conducting research on Laudato Si.
"The Theologians Respond: Laudato Si." YouTube. June 18, 2015.
Theologians in the New York area gathered at America Headquarters to discuss Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. These experts in Catholic social teaching offer an overview of the content and significance of the teachings within the text, as well as background on Catholic engagement on social issues and discuss the possible impact of this text on national and international politics.
"Nationally-recognized Meteorologist Paul Douglas on Laudato Si' - MNCC." MNCC. September 16, 2015.
Minnesota Catholic Conference sat down with nationally-recognized Christian meteorologist Paul Douglas to talk climate change, weather, and Pope Francis's encyclical on natural and human ecology, Laudato Si'.
Sjödin, Christer. 2010. "Psychoanalytic Reflections on Global Warming and its Relation to Human Omnipotence and Ethical Responsibility." International Forum Of Psychoanalysis 19, no. 2: 78-83.
Global Warming - reality or fantasy? Certainly, global warming is a dystopia linked to other catastrophes in human history, such as the Flood and Noah's Ark. Noah's belief in God saved his life and the life of his family. In our time, we need to sustain our belief in the human capacity to cooperate and survive. This is a necessary background when thinking of the future and analysing the border between fantasy and reality, between fear and paranoia, and in the process in which a new worldview takes form.
Buchanan, John M. 2015. "Religion and Politics Do Mix." Christian Century 132, no. 16: 3.
The article discusses the relation of religion and politics in relation to Roman Catholic Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si'." Topics include the opinion of U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush on religion and politics, the views of ethicist William Schweiker on the Pope's views on climate change, and the U.S. separation of church and state.
Kurtz, Joseph. "Archbishop Kurtz Welcomes Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si'" June 18, 2015.
Camosy, Charles. "Abortion, Down Syndrome and the Throwaway Culture: Why the Left Has to Grapple with Pope Francis." Washington Post. June 25, 2015.
Roseman, Artur. "Capitalists Should Be Nervous: A Response to Fr. Robert Barron on Laudato Si’." Cosmos The In Lost. July 17, 2015.
DAVENPORT, CORAL. 2015. "Championing Environment, Francis Takes Aim at Global Capitalism." New York Times, June 19
Carter, Joe. "A Guide to Laudato Si: A Section-By-Section Summary of Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment | Acton PowerBlog." Acton Institute PowerBlog. June 18, 2015.
Chapter by chapter explanation of precisely what Pope Francis means in his encyclical.
"Hope from the Pope." Nature 522.7557 (2015): 391.
The author reflects on Pope Francis's encyclical letter on climate and the environment. Topics include Cardinal Peter Turkson on need to make efforts to reduce global greenhouse emissions, impact of climate change on ecosystems and human societies, and Pope Francis' climate policies agenda for UN General Assembly in September 2015.
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