HAMBURG, 08 Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hilmar Lorenz’s book “Facing the Environmental Crisis. Consequences for Scientific and Religious Communities” addresses the inevitable side effects of technologically successful scientific theories that have been caused by their technical applications of an industrial-scale environment. These side effects have led the world into the environmental crisis we are already living in, which jeopardizes the future of human civilization.
The author explains how the scientific and religious communities are jointly responsible for not recognizing their historical role in the genesis of this crisis. While claiming to contribute to the common good, scientific communities have proceeded exclusively through theorization and its applications on an industrial scale. According to Lorenz, they have ignored its side effects for too long since they are not part of their prospect for technological success. Apart from individuals trying to address the environmental crisis, religious communities have not acted in this regard beyond simple statements by their leaders.
Through Lorenz’s lens of crisis, readers will understand the critical state the world already finds itself in. It highlights theories suggesting that nature, economic markets and medicine-driven human bodies should be treated as mere mechanisms, which contradicts human dignity. . Instead of treating them as mechanisms, he believes, society should first and foremost view them as fields of human interaction meant to serve the common good of humanity and life. According to Lorenz, scientific and religious communities should actively direct these interactions towards the common good rather than financial interests by factually exploiting simple mechanisms. If these communities started taking the right steps, they could have a significant impact on creating a better world.
“The environmental crisis must be confronted by the scientific and religious communities in particular,” Lorenz said. “Historically, the scientific communities have become co-responsible for the crisis because, methodically, they have confined themselves to simple theorizations instead of thus contributing to the common good. And religious communities only talk about preserving God’s creation from human destruction and don’t follow through with actions showing they mean it by constantly speaking out against the costs of ongoing environmental destruction in public and organizing nonviolent resistance. against her.
Ultimately, the book lays out the steps that must be taken not only by politicians, but also by societal communities, in order to overcome the environmental crisis in the interest of preserving what many call God’s creation from destruction. human.
“Facing the environmental crisis: consequences for the scientific and religious communities”
By Hilmar Lorenz
ISBN: 978-1-5144-1623-5 (eBook)
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About the Author
Hilmar Lorenz was born in Germany in 1940 during World War II. In Hamburg, Germany, Lorenz studied Protestant theology, some mathematics and physics, and philosophy before publishing his Doctor of Philosophy thesis on Immanuel Kant in 1967. He then served his church as a scientific employee at the Evangelical Academy in Hamburg, being in charge of the science sector, and as a Lutheran priest until 1981. After his sabbatical, during which he studied Gestalt psychotherapy at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur , California, he became a prison chaplain and state official of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. in 1984. Since 1992, he lived near Ottawa, Canada, until the death of his wife in 2018, which prompted him to return to Germany. After a few other publications on the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, Lorenz has just finished a book in German which will be published on an academic Internet platform. It is entitled “Kant’s distinction between theoretical and practical cognitions. Methodological consequences”.
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