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William French is an associate professor in the Theology Department at Loyola University of Chicago. He received an M.Div. degree from Harvard University before completing his doctoral work in Christian ethics at the University of Chicago (1985). He has written extensively on environmental issues and has had articles appear in such journals as: The Journal of Religion, Environmental Ethics, Peace Review, Theology and Public Policy, and Second Opinion.

 

Abstract of paper given at Christianity and Ecology conference:
A Christian Ethics of Restraint for Public Policy

Ecological degradation challenges Christian communities to engage their historic ethical emphases on "love of the neighbor," "justice," and the "common good" in challenging new ways. In consort with other religious communities around the world, Christians must promote public policies that restrain unsustainable patterns of resource and energy use, habitat destruction, species extinction, and population growth. This paper will examine green taxation schemes as one mechanism for promoting more sustainable patterns of production and consumption.

 

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