Environmental Faith | January-February 2015
Many religious observers regard their faith strictly as a matter of personal morality, choosing to leave public policy issues such as climate change to the secular arena. But as the ethical dimensions of climate change emerge, religious thinkers have begun to ask whether they have a moral obligation to work to preserve Creation for future generations and a responsibility to intervene in the debate. This issue of Policy Options examines the relationship between faith and environmental challenges, publishing a collection of essays by Christian writers (James K.A. Smith, Leah Kostamo, Mishka Lysack, Jonathan Hiskes and Seán McDonagh) on that nexus. Their words are a jumping off point for what must be a larger conversation between faiths, and also between the religious and the secular worlds.