Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives on Shared Moral Principles
Using eight common principles identified in prior research on the environmental views of the world religions, patrticipants at the Abrahamic Traditions and Environmental Change Workshop in Rhodes, Greece, 23-26 June 20193 volunteered to indicate the extent to which their traditions—Judaic, Christian, or Islamic—agree with each principle and to provide a citation to a valued source that supports the principle. The outcome of this compilation provides succinct theological grounding for motivating members of their respective communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to address ongoing problems of water availability, biological diversity loss, ecosystem degradation, and human-induced climate change. Members of their respective communities are strongly urged to return to the sources of their traditions and to reflect on them for meaningful motivation for their actions, including their efforts to collaborate with one another in addressing shared concerns.
Authors: Jame Schaefer, Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA; İbrahim Özdemir, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland; Jeremy Benstein, Director of Research & Publications, Heschel Center for Environmental Learning, Tel Aviv, Israel; Fazlun Khalid, Founder, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Science, Birmingham, United Kingdom; and Nawal Ammar, Dean and Professor, College of Humanities & Social Science, Rowan University, Glassboro, USABack