With the recent publication of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si', many people of faith have found themselves challenged to seek new ways of responding to serious ecological questions essential to the flourishing of all creatures. On Earth as It Is in Heaven brings together fifteen top scholars to consider pressing contemporary environmental concerns through the lens of Catholic theology. Drawing from ancient Christian sources, the contributors delve into such diverse topics as equitable food distribution, responsible procreation, land stewardship, evolutionary theodicy, and poverty and providence. A concluding essay addresses the liturgy as the space in which all creation is consecrated before the cross of Christ. Allowing the earliest Church Fathers and voices from the Christian tradition to speak to our unique circumstances today, this engaging volume shows that ancient, creedal Christianity contains important insights into caring for God's creation.
David Vincent Meconi, SJ, is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. His previous books include The Cambridge Companion to Augustine and an annotated edition of Augustine's Confessions.