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A Growing Need for a Common Moral Vision: A Cry for Humble Co-operation between Theology and Other Disciplines

Pásztori-Kupán, István (2014) A Growing Need for a Common Moral Vision: A Cry for Humble Co-operation between Theology and Other Disciplines. In Academia for the Church: Eastern and Central European Theological Perspectives. pp. 63-75.

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Abstract

I argue in this paper that while the planet is running towards a social and ecological disaster, the influential public actors, including the theologians, have been nurturing their own illusions. The political classes hoped to discover the answer for the environmental crisis in the illusory idea of ‘sustainable development.’ Scientists avoided the responsibility by referring to ‘scientific neutrality’. Theology itself often followed a similarly illusory self definition, by considering itself as ‘the conscience’ of other sciences. However, the present economic crisis, caused primarily by a moral decline, wakes us all up from our illusions. It is a clear consequence of our interdependence as scholars that from an ethical perspective scientists, economists, polititians, etc. can never be neutral: this moral responsibility can neither be devolved to others, nor taken over from them. Philosophy should not be a handmaid, but rather the ally of theology for the sake of the homo ethicus.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > B1 Philosophy (General) / filozófia általában > B11 Philosophical systems / filozófiai irányzatok
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BR Christianity / kereszténység
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BT Doctrinal Theology / dogmatika
Depositing User: Dr. Habil. István Pásztori-Kupán
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 01:43
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 01:43
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/28668

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