Since the mid-twentieth century, the widespread environmental degradation caused by humans' exploitation of the Earth has attracted increased attention. Environmentalists, scholars and theologians have blamed both Christianity and the scientific-industrial mindset for emphasizing an anthropocentric view that sees the Earth as here to fulfill human needs. In the last 20 years, within Christianity, including the Catholic Church, has been a growing recognition that environmental destruction is a sin, which has led to the birth of a creation care movement. This thesis explores the evolution in the Catholic Church's public teaching on human responsibility to include caring for the Earth. It looks at how some Catholic communities are responding with innovative projects to the pope's call to care for the Earth. The thesis also explores the extent to which ordinary Catholics are hearing the call to change their lifestyles and the barriers that affect church leaders' communication of the message.
|Advisor:||Yopp, Jan Johnson|
|Commitee:||Friedman, Barbara, Galiardi, Margaret|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Department:||Journalism & Mass Communication|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Journalism, Climate Change, Environmental Studies|
|Keywords:||Catholicism, Climate change, Communication, Creation, Environment, Religion|
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