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Vincent Smiles, Theology


This project is a study of Catholic natural theology in an environmentally conscious era. I will explore the complicated relationship between humanity and non-human creation, as well as the impact of this relationship on each of them. To do this, I will begin by looking at the historical background of the rise of science as viewed through the lens of Christian philosophy. Next, I will analyze the Catholic response to an increasingly secular view of nature by analyzing papal encyclicals, modern philosophers, and Catholic theologians. Lastly, I will interject my own stances regarding Catholic ethics in relation to the environment, as well as, give some insight into what the Church can do to advance ethical environmental policies.