Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.
Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.
We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.
We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.
- Published: Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:25
NEW BOOK BY PAUL COLLINS
For Catholic theologian Paul Collins, "climate change" is a shorthand reference to a whole complex of problems arising from mankind's belief, evident across cultures and through time, that the world exists purely for us. Paul Collins has written frequently on environmental issues as well as making documentaries during his time at the ABC
As a theologian, Collins is even more comfortable than Tim Flannery the scientist (whose book Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope) has also just been released) in making some very stern moral judgments about this, writes John Birmingham.
In the opening pages of Judgment Day he promises that those of us born after World War II "will be among the most despised and cursed generations in the whole history of humankind".
And if that rhetoric isn't strong enough to make his point, Collins goes on to call for the CEOs of fossil energy companies to be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature. They are, he writes, "grossly selfish and fundamentally evil people".
As rhetoric, it is inflammatory in a way not seen in mainstream discourse for many years. Neither Flannery nor Collins is a bomb thrower, however. Their intent is undeniably revolutionary, for they identify an old, even ancient order that must be overthrown. But the weapons they bring to the struggle are purely intellectual.
Collins impresses, perhaps because his arguments, having exploded from a standing start with accusations of evil and high treason, quickly settle down into a cooler treatise on the morality of human development, and specifically on the moral theology of the ruin we lay on the world in pursuit of that development.
The churchman has a difficult journey ahead of him, for he is required from the very first to engage with the responsibility of his own beliefs, and of the institution in which they are manifest, for the terrible sins that have been done in their name. Perhaps because of this rod laid on his back, Collins's book ends up as being more rigorous and impressive than the book on the same subject by Tim Flannery.
Here on Earth: An argument for Hope
By Tim Flannery
Text Publishing, 316pp, $34.95
By Paul Collins
UNSW Press, 291pp, $34.95