A Theology of Creation: Ecology, Art, and Laudato Si


A Theology of Creation: Ecology, Art, and Laudato Si

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This book provides the first sustained philosophical treatment of Pope Francis s Laudato Si and articulates a theology of creation to recover our place within the cosmos.

In the encyclical Laudato Si , Pope Francis discerns beneath the imminent threat of ecological catastrophe an existential affliction of the human person, who is lost in the cosmos, increasingly alienated from self, others, nature, and God. Pope Francis suggests that one must reimagine humanity s place in the created cosmos. In this ambitious and distinctive contribution to theological aesthetics, Thomas S. Hibbs provides the basis for just such a recovery, working from Laudato Si to develop a philosophical and theological diagnosis of our ecological dislocation, a narrative account of the sources of the crisis, and a vision of the way forward.

Through a critical engagement with the artistic theory of Jacques Maritain, Hibbs shows how certain strains of modern art