Kresta in the Afternoon – June 19, 2017 – Hour 2

+  In Defense of Nature (full hour)

  • Description: Ecology calls to mind nature - trees, rivers, mountains, birds and so on. But an obvious part of nature has been left out of the environmental movement - human nature. While both nature and human nature are equally important, there is a significant obstacle threatening the acceptance of this expanded account of ecology. The Left understands the delicate harmony of the natural order and the Right understands the delicate harmony of the human moral order, but each side refuses to see the other's argument. Benjamin Wiker joins us with a vision that allows both views to fit together.
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    • Dr. Benjamin WIker
      Benjamin Wiker is a Senior Fellow at the Veritas Center for Ethics and Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also is Director of Human Life Studies. He's the author of 12 books, most recently "In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic and Moral Ecology" and is the writer and host of EWTN's Saints vs Scoundrels. Visit benjaminwiker.com
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    • In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology

      Ecology calls to mind nature "out there" —trees, rivers, oceans, animals, birds, the air, distinct ecosystems. But as Benjamin Wiker argues, an obvious part of nature has been mysteriously left out of the environmental movement: our own nature—human nature, especially its essential moral aspects. In Defense of Nature shows that while both nature and human nature are equally important, there is a significant obstacle threatening the acceptance of this expanded account of ecology. The Left understands the exquisite, delicate harmony of the natural order, and why environmental pollution is harmful. The Right understands the exquisite, delicate harmony of the human moral order, and why moral pollution is harmful. Each side will tell you how very little a deviation it takes to cause disaster to the natural or to the moral order. But each refuses to see the other's argument. In Defense of Nature allows both the Left and the Right to see what the other sees so clearly, and how it all fits together, from toxic landfills and global warming, to internet addiction and human trafficking. (learn more)

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