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The Pope Moves the Church

[This essay appeared in the Financial Times on July 3, 2015]
  Free market conservatives hate it, it fails to address the threat of overpopulation, and it dismisses carbon credits as a way to combat global warming. Nonetheless Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si&...

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From Ursula K. Le Guin's review in The New York Times Book Review "In his reporting of the vituperation, the increasing defensiveness of experimenters and the bad faith of some critics, the sensationalism and sentimentalism of much media coverage, Mr. Linden's candor and fair-mindedness contrastwonderfully with the prejudice and paranoia he describes. He does not pretend, however, to stand above the battle; his concern is ethical and urgent. . . . Kind, quiet and fair, Mr. Linden's book is not only a diagnosis of the cruelty and confusion it describes, but also an antidote. It is pleasant to hope that its success might be a sign of returning health." The New York Times chose Silent Partners as a notable book in 1986.

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Some years ago the great biologist E.O. Wilson said that humanity was the first species to become a geophysical force. Indeed, we've become so consequential a presence on the planet that we now have to watch what we think lest our superstitions, fashions, or fads lead to the extinction of one of our fellow species. The belief in the oil rich Middle East that rhino horn enhances virility has driven the white rhino to the brink of extinction; Asian superstitions about the powers of tiger parts have contributed to a plunge in their numbers throughout Asia; a tast for blue fin tuna in sushi emporiums around the world has stripped the oceans of the giant fish; the prestige and comfort of a shatoosh shawl has led to slaughter of Tibetan Chiru.

Not a moment too soon, Pope Francis' encyclical recognizes the connection between what goes on in our heads and the fate of the earth. 



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