Science and faith are sometimes in harmony with each other, but often there have been bitter disputes. Pope John Paul II finally settled the Catholic Church’s famous dispute with Galileo by formally acquitting him in 1992. But with challenges like Climate Change and mass extinctions, faith leaders from the indigenous to Islam, from Buddhist to Baha’i have called for urgent action to heal our Earth, which Pope Francis calls “the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor”. A new era calls for new tools. Loyola University-Chicago’s International Jesuit Ecology Project has created a new environmental science e-textbook and multimedia project called “Healing Earth”. The project goes beyond science to add the perspectives of ethics, spirituality, and action.
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