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Nature, God and Humanity : Envisioning an Ethics of Nature - Richard L. Fern

Nature, God and Humanity

Envisioning an Ethics of Nature

Hardcover Published: 15th April 2002
ISBN: 9780521811224
Number Of Pages: 284

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Nature, God and Humanity clarifies the task of forming an ethics of nature, thereby empowering readers to develop their own critical, faith-based ethics. Calling on original, thought-provoking analyses and arguments, Richard L. Fern frames a philosophical ethics of nature, assesses it scientifically, finds support for it in traditional biblical theism, and situates it culturally. Though defending the moral value of beliefs affirming the radical Otherness of God and human uniqueness, this book aims not to compel the adoption of any particular ethic but rather illumine the contribution diverse forms of inquiry make to an ethics of nature. How does philosophy clarify moral conviction? What does science tell us about nature? Why does religious faith matter? Rejecting the illusion of a single, rationally-compelling ethics, Fern answers these questions in a way that fosters both agreement and disagreement, allowing those holding conflicting ethics of nature to work together for the common good.

'This is the work of a compassionate, mature and perceptive scholar.' Samuel Wells, Theology
"...well-intentioned, wide-ranging..." Roger S. Gottlieb, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Journal of American Academy of Religion
"I believe this to be a great and important book. It presents the most comprehensive and convincing argument I have seen from inside the academic discipline of ethics for redirecting environmental ethic--as well as academic ethics more generally--back to the scriptural sources of western values. It is a stunning and vital argument." Peter Ochs, University of Virginia
"I believe this to be a great and important book. It presents the most comprehensive and convincing argument I have seen from inside the academic discipline of ethics for redirecting environmental ethic--as well as academic ethics more generally--back to the scriptural sources of western values. It is a stunning and vital argument." Peter Ochs, University of Virginia
"The mostly straightforward material in the first part will be useful for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students interested in environmental ethics.... [The] last two sections will be especially useful to theologians and religious studies students who aant to think about environmental ethics within the framework of Reformed theology." Choice

Introduction
The Ethics of Nature
Moral concerns
Humane holism
Ecological wisdom
The Wild God
Religious faith
Theistic naturalism
The Body of Humanity
Human nature and good
The fellowship of creation
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ISBN: 9780521811224
ISBN-10: 0521811228
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 15th April 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.55