Academic journal article Theological Studies

Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation

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RESISTING STRUCTURAL EVIL: LOVE AS ECOLOGICAL-ECONOMIC VOCATION. By Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. Pp. xix + 309. $22.

This work of Christian social ethics offers a particularly insightful analysis of the plight of our fragile ecosystem as a springboard for even more profound reflections on the shortcomings of conventional varieties of ethics. Christian ethics will remain seriously inadequate until it undergoes a dramatic reorientation and approaches the ecological crisis (and many other arenas of ethical concern, including global poverty) in a more holistic way than is commonly evidenced on the local and global stage. This volume is an extended and well-documented argument not only for social change that necessitates new practices, but also for a transformation of consciousness that will foster creative new approaches to our human context and natural habitat as well. In line with the prophetic tradition of social justice literature on which it builds, the volume contends that business as usual within our mass consumption society is neither physically sustainable nor morally acceptable.

The central organizing concept of the work is the notion of structural sin, which Moe-Lobeda introduces in a stunningly vivid early chapter, replete with numerous illuminating narratives describing instances of social sin in operation. …

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