An Evangelical’s Guide to ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment – The Gospel Coalition

An Evangelical’s Guide to ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment – The Gospel Coalition.

In case you do not have time, or you do not care, to read the entire ‘Laudato Si’ encyclica, but you are still interested to know what it is about, here is a summary by Joe Carter, from The Gospel Coalition (a neo-reformed/neo-fundamentalist entity,  in the US). The author says about this text:
‘Because the document was written by a global religious leader and addressed not only for the billion Catholics on Earth but for “every person living on the planet,” the evangelical community has a duty to consider his words and respond appropriately. Much of it we will agree with and much will cause us to cringe. But because of its importance, both as a current object of debate and as future historical document, we should be aware of what is in this encyclical.’

I would be curios to see what makes Joe Carter ‘cringe’ about this document. I bet I will ‘cringe’ at the things that make him, and his Gospel Coalition colleagues, ‘cringe. But we will hear from them soon, on this matter. I am sure of that.

So, here is the summary (a subjective account, as any such thing), for your information.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

One thought on “An Evangelical’s Guide to ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment – The Gospel Coalition”

  1. Am vazut remarcile unor ecologisti laici care considera ca papa nu ajuta la cauza lor. Intentia e buna -dupa ecologisti- dar extremismul documentului practic raneste pe cei pe care vrea sa ii ajute, saracii, potrivit acelorasi surse. Echivalarea marterialismului cu cresterea economica sau eliminarea totala hidrocarburilor (ignorind saracii din America Latina care au cistigat de pe urma rezervelor de petrol) sunt doar 2 exemple care justifica calificativul de extremism. De fapt, si apararea Vaticanului cum ca papa n-a urmarit o doctrina politica dovedeste extremismul celor spuse. Ca si crestin, as remarca doar ca papa are dreptul sa adere la ce doctrina politico-economica doreste dar pericolul e ca doctrina sa sa fie identificata ca si conforma cu Evanghelia. Ea nu e inspirata din Evanghelie ci din ideologiile marxiste ce circula prin America De Sud.


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