Spiritual Values, Evangelical Literature, and Environmentalism: A Reading of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si

Authors

  • Joel S John MA English, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bangalore North University Bengaluru
  • Irona Bhaduri Assistant Professor, Kristu Jayanti College (Autonomous), Bangalore North University Bengaluru

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2024.3.5.586

Keywords:

Environmental concerns, Christian values, spiritual awakening, belief system

Abstract

The connection between humans and the ecology is integrally interconnected and interdependent. The invitation to change our mindset and actions towards the environment, known as ecological conversion, should be emphasized, given the environmental conditions in the present times. Such ideas are reinforced with evangelical texts that can transform humankind for a better tomorrow. This paper explores various aspects of an encyclical named Laudato Si written by Pope Francis. Further, this paper delves into the intricate relationship between spiritual tapestry and environmental concerns by analysing the evangelical text. Laudato Si provides deep insights into humans' challenges as they negotiate their societal and spiritual roles.  Pope Francis gives a comprehensive representation of the problems encountered by the world in contemporary times and also puts forward modernism, and also puts forward Christian values and spiritualism as a solution. This research aims to contribute to a better understanding of the changing dynamics of the world, the planet, and the presence of Godliness to cater to environmental challenges.

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Published

2024-05-25

How to Cite

Joel S John, and Irona Bhaduri , translators. “Spiritual Values, Evangelical Literature, and Environmentalism: A Reading of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si ”. Creative Saplings, vol. 3, no. 5, May 2024, pp. 40-52, https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2024.3.5.586.

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