Because Water Is Life

Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Earth's Water Crises

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Gary Chamberlain brings the vital and energizing moral teachings of the Catholic Church to bear on the crises of pollution, hoarding, and overconsumption threatening our planet’s fresh waters. This book develops an original, accessible, and crucial argument relevant to anyone interested in Catholic social teaching, water, and environmental ethics. Because Water Is Life is an excellent and inspiring resource for classrooms, churches, and anyone who wants to think with religious tradition about how to build a better future on Earth.

Kevin J. O'Brien
Pacific Lutheran University

Chamberlain’s book about water as life, as common good, and as sacrament for the whole world should wake us to greater care for our Earth and its water both as our home and a gift from God.

David Leigh, SJ
Seattle University

Because Water Is Life is a supple, specific, and critically engaging book that will be profoundly useful to teachers and students. Gary Chamberlain hones his analytic, constructive insights into a text that is utterly invaluable for all conversations about water and Catholic social teaching. I recommend this gripping and accessible book to everyone who seeks to understand further the legacy of CST and how that tradition offers pathways toward water ethics.

Christiana Zenner
Fordham University

About This Book

Overview

Climate change. Pollution. Scarcity. Fracking. Privatization. Acidification. What can Catholicism’s “best-kept secret”—the social doctrine of the church—teach us about Earth’s water crisis?

In fact, it can teach us a lot.

Gary Chamberlain’s Because Water Is Life: Catholic Social Teaching Confronts Earth’s Water Crises explores the major issues we face when it comes to water by analyzing them through the lens of Catholic social teaching (CST). After introducing the principles of CST, Because Water Is Life explores narratives about real people and scenarios to unpack six contemporary water crises. With review and discussion questions and recommendations for additional research and reading, Because Water Is Life not only encourages critical thinking on some of today’s most pressing issues but also catalyzes action and inspires hope for developing a new water ethic.

Gary Chamberlain is a professor emeritus of Christian ethics in the theology and religious studies department at Seattle University.

Details

Dimensions 8.25 x .50 x 5.375 in
ISBN

978-1-599829142

Pages

188

Item # 7086

Customer Reviews

Gary Chamberlain brings the vital and energizing moral teachings of the Catholic Church to bear on the crises of pollution, hoarding, and overconsumption threatening our planet’s fresh waters. This book develops an original, accessible, and crucial argument relevant to anyone interested in Catholic social teaching, water, and environmental ethics. Because Water Is Life is an excellent and inspiring resource for classrooms, churches, and anyone who wants to think with religious tradition about how to build a better future on Earth.

Kevin J. O'Brien
Pacific Lutheran University

Chamberlain’s book about water as life, as common good, and as sacrament for the whole world should wake us to greater care for our Earth and its water both as our home and a gift from God.

David Leigh, SJ
Seattle University

Because Water Is Life is a supple, specific, and critically engaging book that will be profoundly useful to teachers and students. Gary Chamberlain hones his analytic, constructive insights into a text that is utterly invaluable for all conversations about water and Catholic social teaching. I recommend this gripping and accessible book to everyone who seeks to understand further the legacy of CST and how that tradition offers pathways toward water ethics.

Christiana Zenner
Fordham University

About the Author

Gary L. Chamberlain

Gary Chamberlain is a professor emeritus of Christian ethics in the theology and religious studies department at Seattle University.

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction
1. The Rise of Catholic Social Teaching
2. Climate Change as Structural Violence
3. A Polluted Earth in the Twenty-first Century
4. Water Scarcity for Most and Abundance for Few
5. Extraction from the Earth: Impacts of Mining
and Fracking on Water and People
6. Selling Water: Privatization of a Scarce Resource
7. The Right to Water
8. A New Water Ethic: Because Water Is Life
Additional Resources
Index

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