Back to the Sustainability! Seeking the Common Vision of Ecological Reconciliation in Christianity, Ren, and Tao


From the 20th century to the 21st century, environmental problems have become the most difficult issues for the human beings. Many have noticed the weakness of capitalism and the failure of free market system which assume there is no limit of the earth, but the truth is exactly opposite. Many have also realized that that the waring from the environmental scientists could not solve problems alone, but the spiritual movement and action is required for the true environmental renewal. In Asia, we probably have even more religious tradition for the Sustainability. For example, it has been illustrated clearly that the ideal status of Ren is living in an ecological way that the heart can extend to take care of all things (Zhang Zai and Cheng Hao). Interestingly, those thoughts could also be found in the Christian tradition - both Pierre Teilhard De Chardin and Thomas Berry have indicated that status as the ecological communion with Christ. Moreover, as the scholar of Taoism, Wang Bang-Xiong (王邦雄) has explained that the highest Tao is really about creating and sustaining life. It is time to connect the faith and tradition among Christianity, Confucianism, and Taoism for putting those ecological thoughts into policies and practice. After all, the environmental problems is probably even more serious then the social issues in the Axial Age, and we could absorb those great thoughts for the great fight.

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Chia-Chun Jim Chou, California Institute of Integral Studies, United States

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Conference: ACERP2018
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Public Policy

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