From Conservation to Consecration: Towards a Green Thomism

Chris Thompson has an excellent article at Homiletic and Pastoral Review this issue.  You can read the entire text here.

This bio appears at the end of the article:  Christopher J. Thompson, Ph.D. serves as academic dean at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, Minnesota and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. He also serves as president of the Chapelstone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the consideration and application of Thomistic principles to contemporary questions.

Here is one great line:  To reorient others toward reality, we Catholics must address more robustly the material conditions of being human, developing a theology of embodiment—and all that goes with embodiment, not merely a theology of the body. In order to develop a sound vision of our relationship within the created order—the environment, if one insists—we will need to reaffirm the ontological priority of that same order which is the human being’s necessary habitat. For no human being, not even one capable of contemplating an intelligible cosmos, does so in a vacuum. Rather, the native habitat of the human person as an embodied, intellectual creature is a material cosmos of created natures, the ontological density of which prepares the person for an engagement with Being.

But the best part is when Thompson, having built up a case for forwarding a "Green Thomism" ends with a profound and resounding appeal from Pius XII.  But read the article . . .

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