A Catholic Approach to the Natural World
Do you want to deepen your understanding of Catholic teachings about the environment? Then look no further than The Glory of the Cosmos! This book provides both devout Catholics and those who may not necessarily be aware of Church doctrine with a deep exploration into authentic Catholic beliefs. With persuasive arguments from St. Thomas Aquinas, you'll be able to move beyond political issues regarding the environment and get to the heart of timeless teaching.
This authoritative source is certain to stimulate thought, challenge existing perspectives on environmentalism, and promote deeper consideration for our relationship with nature. You'll gain an appreciation for the mysteries of creation, a greater respect for our Earthly home, and a sense of spiritual fulfillment derived from understanding core Catholic beliefs. After reading The Glory of the Cosmos, you will come away with an understanding that is solidly rooted in Catholic tradition.
The book is written in an engaging tone that invites readers to explore controversial topics in environmentalism with ease and encourages them to uphold the values set forth by Catholicism since its inception.
Thomas Storck ∙ Pater Edmund Waldstein ∙ Michael Storck ∙ Susan Waldstein ∙ Christopher Shannon ∙ Christopher Zehnder ∙ David Clayton ∙ Peter Kwasniewski
With a sensitivity to the deep and perennial truths, Storck has assembled here in this volume a chorus of witnesses sure to prompt in each of us a deeper evaluation of our own posture before creation, indeed, the Lord of Creation. Without resentment or nostalgia, this collection is a call to contemplation of the splendor of creation, desperately needed in an age exhausted by the most alluring, yet empty promises. – Christopher J. Thompson, Ph.D., Academic Dean, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas
A brilliant and timely contribution to the Catholic conversation on ecology. To the extent that Pope Francis´ encyclical Laudato Si´ is the fruit of a dialogue between St. Francis of Assisi and Romano Guardini, The Glory of the Cosmos invites Thomas Aquinas to the table and explores insights and applications of Catholic thought to the liturgy, economy, scriptures, technology, philosophy, agriculture and theology, drawing on the rich tradition of the Church. – Ricardo Simmonds, founder of Creatio, a Catholic environmental organization
The relatively recent focus in Catholic magisterial teaching on human care for creation necessitates a deep reflection by Catholic theologians and philosophers of traditionalist inclination on the relationship between God, humanity, and physical creation. The Glory of the Cosmos provides a much-needed foundation, in line with modern Thomist thought, for such reflection. At the same time, the clearly written essays in this collection are accessible to a general readership. The book would make an excellent addition to any theological and philosophical library. – Keith Lemna, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Author of The Apocalypse of Wisdom: Louis Bouyer’s Theological Recovery of the Cosmos
In this collection you will find not only an edifying series of reflections on the Catholic Church’s teaching on our place and role in the natural world, but you will meet the Catholic tradition’s great sources of philosophical and theological insight, including Plato and Aristotle, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, and more. The essays directly engage the core falsehoods of the Cartesian project of the mastery of nature that has culminated today in a ‘technocratic paradigm’, with its unlimited drive for power without ends—whether practical or theoretical—over the natural world and the people in it. Readers will encounter the calm strength of the Catholic contemplative spirit, asking them to turn and see the glory of the cosmos and showing them how. – John G. Brungardt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, School of Catholic Studies, Newman University