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posted by CoolHand on Friday October 06 2017, @12:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the eco-pope dept.

More than 40 Catholic institutions are to announce the largest ever faith-based divestment from fossil fuels, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi.

The sum involved has not been disclosed but the volume of divesting groups is four times higher than a previous church record, and adds to a global divestment movement, led by investors worth $5.5tn.

[...] Assisi's mayor, Stefania Proietti – a former climate mitigation professor – told the Guardian: "When we pay attention to the environment, we pay attention to poor people, who are the first victims of climate change.

"When we invest in fossil fuels, we stray very far from social justice. But when we disinvest and invest in renewable and energy efficiency instead, we can mitigate climate change, create a sustainable new economic deal and, most importantly, help the poor."

Are they putting their money where their mouth is, or making a smart economic bet?


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  • (Score: 2) by Arik on Saturday October 07 2017, @07:36AM (1 child)

    by Arik (4543) on Saturday October 07 2017, @07:36AM (#578508)
    "Phoenix, you are not a Christian then."

    But who are you to decide who's a Christian?

    "You're some kind of vaguely Bible-flavored Deist."

    I didn't see any deism in his response. Certainly not any orthodox high church christianity either, but mysticism is no junior to orthodoxy in Christianity.

    "And you're giving Yahweh far too much credit. You're also giving the Bible too much credit; OF COURSE it has good stuff in it, it was written over centuries and centuries and something full of entirely bad advice won't survive."

    That's one narrative, the result of one frame of interpretation. The thing is like any work of literature, there are many frames that can be applied, not just one. There are also a very wide variety, not just interpretations of the bible, but of the relationship of the bible to christianity. You appear to be espousing the modern theory typical among fundamentalists that puts a literal reading of the bible at the center of what christianity means, perhaps only because that is what you have been most exposed to (or what made the strongest impression on you, at least) but that's just the most novel framing, not the only one by any means.

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday October 08 2017, @07:11PM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) Subscriber Badge on Sunday October 08 2017, @07:11PM (#578935) Journal

    ...you DO realize you're talking to someone who's put, let's see here, nearly 12 years into the study of these things, correct? I can read some of it in the Koine, even.

    All of this is completely missing the point. I *was* one of those mystics for a good long time before pulling my head out of my ass, learning some actual logic and philosophy, and testing the base, core concepts of Christianity. It's ridiculous all the way through, and blasphemous too.

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