As life in the Anthropocene unfolds ever more rapidly, what were once called “biblical” disasters — fires, floods, locusts, and whirlwinds — have become a daily reality. We watch anxiously as catastrophes occur, at least as much as our screens allow, but still go about our business: reading the next story in our newsfeed or wading into half-flooded subways to avoid being late for work. The problem we face is more difficult than mere inattentiveness: we need to cultivate a way of seeing adequate to the changed world being revealed in these catastrophes.
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wildfires, Catholic theology, Laudato Si', environmental stewardship
Miller, Vincent J., "Tears & Ashes: Three Ways of Looking at the Recent Wildfires in the West" (2022). Religious Studies Faculty Publications. 144.