Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space

Cosmic Commons: Spirit, Science, and Space

by John Hart (2)


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Cosmic Commons explores terrestrial-extraterrestrial intelligent life Contact. It uses a thought experiment to consider the ecological-economic-ethical-ecclesial impacts of Contact, analyzing incidents around the world described by credible witnesses (two of whom are interviewed for the book), including Roswell and the Hudson River Valley. It discusses government and academic efforts to use ridicule and coercion to suppress Contact investigations, supports a scientific method to research ETI reports in a field that should excite scientists, and calls on academics to publicly disclose their Contact experiences. It traces Earth ecological and economic injustices to the European Enlightenment and the Discovery Doctrine by which European nations rationalized invasion of distant continents, genocide, and seizure of the territories and natural goods of native peoples. It advocates a change in humans' Earth conduct to avoid replicating in space the policies and practices that wrought economic injustice and ecological devastation on Earth, provides an innovative cosmosociological praxis ethics theory and practice toward that end, and develops a Cosmic Charter, based on UN documents, to guide humankind in space and in ETI encounters. Permeated by a profound sense of the sacred, Cosmic Commons explores a positive relationship between religion and science as humankind ventures into space.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610973182
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Pages: 415
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Hart is Professor of Christian Ethics at Boston University School of Theology. He is the author of Sacramental Commons: Christian Ecological Ethics (2006); What Are They Saying About Environmental Theology? (2004); Ethics and Technology: Innovation and Transformation in Community Contexts (1997); and The Spirit of the Earth: A Theology of the Land (1984). He has lectured on social ethics-ecology-religion, on five continents, in eight countries and thirty-four U.S. states.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Cosmic Consciousness: Terrestrial Transformation and Extraterrestrial Exploration 1

Part I Terra Firma

1 Terrestrial Trauma: Economic Roots of Earth's Socioecological Crisis 29

2 Terrestrial Discovery: Political Roots of Earth's Socioecological Crisis 59

3 Terrestrial Transformation: Historical Restoration of Earth's Socioecological Commons 89

Part II Terra Conscientia

4 Extraterrestrial Discovery: Cosmos Community Contexts: In Caelis and in Caelo as in Terra? 117

5 Spirit and Science: Consciousness and Collaboration 143

6 Earth Commons and ExoEarth Commons: Contextual Considerations 177

Part III Terra Incognita

7 Cosmosocioecological Praxis Ethics: Topia, Dystopia, and Utopia in Earth and Cosmos Contexts 199

8 ExoEarth and Extraterrestrial Transformation: Ecosociality in Cosmic Community 228

9 Cosmic Contact: ETI and TI Encounters: Competition and Collaboration 253

Part IV Terra Cosmica

10 Cosmic Coexistence: Cosmic Consciousness and Cohesion 303

11 Cosmic Charter: Constructive Consultation and Consociation 331

12 Cosmic Commons: Celestial Cohabitation, Conservation, and Compassion 369

Conclusion: At Home on Earth, Reaching for the Stars 393

Bibliography 407

Index 413

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