Creation in Crisis
By: Joshtrom Kureethadam
Are Christians fulfilling the stewardship commandment of Genesis to care for God's household?
“During the past 10 years, but particularly during the pontificate of Pope Francis, concern for the poor and the exploited earth has moved from the periphery of Catholic theology to the core of what it means to be a Catholic. Unfortunately, as Kureethadam acknowledges in Creation in Crisis, there is a lack of truly competent guides to help Catholics reconnect in an authentic way with this world that is our home. I warmly welcome this timely and exciting book, which draws on the latest science, ethics, and theology to craft a new understanding of how humans can relate in a creative and non-exploitative way with the rest of God’s creation.” - Sean McDonagh, author, To Care for the Earth
“Scientists, ethicists, and general readers alike will find much to ponder and reflect upon in this comprehensive look at the contemporary ecological crisis. Grounded in physical and scientific analysis as well as social and theological critique, this book bridges multiple disciplines to depict why problems like biodiversity loss, food security, and deforestation should concern everyone. And Kureethedam's concluding theological reflections on sin and conversion in an ecological age represent an important inflection of ecological theology and ethics in the Catholic tradition.” -Christiana Z. Peppard, author, Just Water
When we speak of the "environmental crisis" facing the planet, we reduce the coming catastrophe to a physical problem. In Creation in Crisis, Joshtrom Kureethadam seeks to extend the current understanding of what is truly an ecological crisis to include ethical and spiritual perspectives, arguing that the crisis is not merely an environmental problem, but is truly 'eco-logical' (a discourse about our common home - oikos) in nature.
In its careful incorporation of the latest science around issues such as environmental degradation, pollution, climate change, and food production, this book also enters into dialogue with various disciplines in understanding the contemporary ecological crisis. Creation in Crisis offers a depth of vision that yields up profound insights about our present milieu and the future of our common home.
Joshstrom Kureethadam is a Catholic priest and a professor at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. His background is in cosmology, and he currently holds the chair of philosophy of science at the Salesianum.