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Earth-honoring FaithReligious Ethics in a New Key$
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Larry L. Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.001.0001

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The Ethic We Need: Change and Imagination

The Ethic We Need: Change and Imagination

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Earth-honoring Faith
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Larry L. Rasmussen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.003.0004

The ethic we need, whether religious or secular, entails a different moral universe. It is a moral framework that begins moral reflection with attention to the health of the primal elements necessary to all life—earth (soil), air, fire (energy), water. Human responsibility includes the well-being of these elements. This chapter discusses the kinds, levels, and sources of change we need in order to re-frame the moral universe and move beyond an unsustainable industrial-technological way of life.

Keywords:   kinds of change, levels of change, sources of change, the dialectic of change, moral imagination, transcendence

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