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Larry L. Rasmussen has been Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City since 1986. Prior to that, he was a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and assistant professor of religion at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. His most recent books are Earth Community, Earth Ethics, winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, Moral Fragments and Moral Community, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His Significance for North Americans, and Reinhold Niebuhr: Theologian of Public Life. He has also contributed chapters to four recent volumes in theology, ecology, and ethics, including Theology for Earth Community: A Field Guide, Ecotheology: Voices from South and North, Worldviews and Ecology, After Nature's Revolt: Eco-Justice and Theology. Rasmussen serves as co-moderator of Unit III (Justice, Peace, Creation) of the World Council of Churches and is a member of the Core Faculty of Auburn Theological Seminary in New York.

 

Abstract of paper given at Judaism and Ecology conference:
New Directions in Theological Ethics, Nature and the Environment

Work in Christian theological ethics on environmental issues will be discussed around two concerns. (1) The need for a recast moral framework, one that is not anthropocentric and focused on human salvation only. (2) The reforming of the "deep traditions" of Christian practice described as (a) ascetic community, (b) sacramental communion, and (c) prophetic/liberative practices. The dialectic of a recast framework and reformed traditions will be mentioned.

 

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