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Living Beyond the End of the World A Spirituality of Hope

ISBN-10: 1570757674
ISBN-13: 9781570757679
Edition: 2008
Authors: Margaret Swedish
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Description: Were Hurricane Katrina and the loss of New Orleans a sign of things to come? Margaret Swedish argues that we face a series of interrelated forces that could well undermine the fabric of society as we know it: global warming and climate change; the  More...

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Orbis Books
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Were Hurricane Katrina and the loss of New Orleans a sign of things to come? Margaret Swedish argues that we face a series of interrelated forces that could well undermine the fabric of society as we know it: global warming and climate change; the depletion of petroleum sources and a looming energy crunch; the exhaustion of other resources needed to sustain life as a result of over-exploitation and population growth; the collapse of a debtor economy; and a crisis in U.S. democracy. Ecological Hope addresses these crises and poses a challenge to people of faith: What kind of human beings will we be as we approach this difficult period in human history? After forecasting the dangers, Swedish lays out the values, a framework of meaning, and a spirituality that might plant seeds of a new human community and ensure a future for coming generations.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Permissions
Introduction: Regarding Our Predicament
Science crashes up against biblical belief
Cultures and ethnicities come crashing into our space
Founding myths clash with the real world
The obsolescence of the nation-state
Of Earthquakes and Hurricanes or, Learning to Face Disaster
Living earth
When humans try to outwit nature
Investing in disaster
It's about a relationship
Climate Change or, Facing Human Extinction
It's happening
Because of the warming
The End of "Cheap Oil" or, The Imminent Upset of Our Way of Life
The energy conundrum
A lesson shelved
Our energy predicament
Dirty coal and the death of mountains
Food or fuel?
Farewell to the energy pipe dream
Living Beyond Our Means or, Embracing Simplicity Whether We Want To or Not
Spending down life
Being better off is killing us
Multiple collapses
What to do with all those poor people
The setting of religion must enlarge
A World of Trouble or, It's Going to Get a Bit Tense Out There
The new foreign policy: It's all about access
Blowback and the balance of power
Oil = corruption and repression
The United States spreads its military tentacles
Water and food, you know, what we need to live
Finally, inescapably, 9/11
The End of the American Dream or, When Dream Turns into Nightmare
An unaffordable middle class
Road kill
A yawning gap
Living on credit
How bad is it?
But we're not happy!
So who are we really?
Alienation from Nature or, Letting an Old Story Go
Living wrongly
The problem with social justice
Is our religion up to it?
From alienation to connection: Restoring trust in nature
In search of a new story
Business as usual must stop
Ecological Hope or, Living Beyond the "End of the World"
A creation story
Enlarging our sense of God
Turning toward what?
A dark night, a deep dying
The role of US Americans
Are we up to the challenge?
And in Conclusion or, What Kind of Human Beings Will We Be as We Go Through the Crisis?
First, restoring a primary relationship
Kinship
The role of religion
Turning
Living in a world of trouble
Getting to work, the great work, that is
Loaves and fishes: A spirituality for the coming times
Notes
Index

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