The Gardeners’ Dirty Hands: Environmental Politics and Christian Ethics


If you’re interested in environmental politics and Christian ethics… if you’d like to know how scarcity, the tragedy of the commons, and risk symbolize the tragic in modern environmental thought… if you’ve ever wondered how Bonhoeffer’s work on justification and responsibility applies to global environmental governance… if you’ve long suspected that the Anthropocene is a necessarily tragic epoch…

If you teach environmental politics, environmental ethics, or theological ethics…

If the future of the planet seems to hang on choices in which we must give up, forego, undermine, or destroy one or more goods in order to possess or secure one or more other goods…

Then you may be interested in this book.

A couple endorsements

This book is courageously honest, rigorously argued, and practically important for our present and future. Toly unflinchingly examines “the impossibility of possessing all non-trivial goods at once” in environmental governance and articulates a Bonhoefferian ethics for making tragic choices that integrates radical humility and hope. This work is highly recommended, especially for Christians seeking a responsible vision of environmental ethics and our shared future.

Andrew DeCort, author of Bonhoeffer’s New Beginning: Ethics after Devastation

In this remarkably clear-minded explanation of environmental governance challenges, Noah Toly interprets their tragic character within Christian moral thought in a way that opens a range of legitimate responses and orients agents toward hopeful responsibility.

Willis Jenkins, author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity

Preview the book at Google Books. Buy it at Amazon, direct from Oxford University Press, or at your local bookseller.

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