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Religion and Ecological Ethics Through the Lenses of the Secularization of the Moral Sphere

Shevchuk, Dmytro and Khudoba, Kateryna (2021) Religion and Ecological Ethics Through the Lenses of the Secularization of the Moral Sphere. Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies, 20 (60). pp. 177-190. ISSN 1583-0039

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Abstract: The article is dedicated to several main problems of ecological ethics and to the Christian reactions to it. The authors demonstrate that the Christian response (especially, the one of Orthodox Christianity) to the ecological crisis and to the development of moral principles for the conservation of the natural habitat and for solving the environmental problems is the result of a synthesis of environmental ethics as a secular transformation of the moral sphere and of traditional religious principles based on theological reflections. At the same time, the ecological ethics of Christianity lays down a distinct anthropological aspect, which presupposes at the same time the challeges for human nature, which is connected with the improvement of the soul. The article also analyzes the influence of secularization on moral systems and thinking (especially, Charles Taylor’s conception) and the general issues of ecological ethics. Authors state that within Christianity, we can observe a kind of adaptation of the response to environmental issues to religious consciousness and their interpretation through religious categories. The Orthodox Church, which is considered to be perhaps the most traditional Christian community, does not ignore environmental issues and tries to respond to the demand for ethical solutions to environmental problems. The appeal to environmental ethics enables the Church to show its civic activism and to give its moral principles a practical dimension.

Item Type: Article
Corporate Creators: The National University of Ostroh Academy, The National University of Ostroh Academy
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecological ethics, secularization, Christianity, Orthodox, Church, moral system
Subjects: by fields of science > Philosophy
Depositing User: Галина Цеп'юк
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 14:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 14:29

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