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Philosophies 2018, 3(3), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies3030022

A Media Ecologist/Physicist’s Take on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: An Ecumenical Approach to a Dialogue of Science and Religion

Department of Physics, School of the Environment and St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 1A7, Canada
Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 15 August 2018 / Accepted: 20 August 2018 / Published: 23 August 2018
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An analysis is made of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si from a general systems approach. A call is made for a dialogue between theologians and environmental scientist. A parallel is found between the Pope’s identification of rapidification as a root cause of global warming and McLuhan’s notion of the speedup of modern life due to the emergence of electric technology. An analysis of Hebrew Scriptures is made, suggesting that rather than subduing the earth, the translation of Gen 1:28 seems to indicate that the intention was to occupy and tend the land. The Jewish notion of Bal Tashchit one of the 613 mitzvos or commandments from Scripture, supports this interpretation as it calls for stewardship of G-d’s gifts. View Full-Text
Keywords: Laudato si’; globalwarming; climate change; Pope Francis Laudato si’; globalwarming; climate change; Pope Francis
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Logan, R.K. A Media Ecologist/Physicist’s Take on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si: An Ecumenical Approach to a Dialogue of Science and Religion. Philosophies 2018, 3, 22.

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