Dermot A Lane – Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’

Dermot A. Lane is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin. He is also a member of the ACP Advisory Team. His latest book, Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’, was published last year and has gathered excellent reviews. Several people commented positively about the book, its launch (on Zoom) and its impact on readers.

We are pleased to post details of the book, launch and reviews, and make it more accessible to members.

Fifth anniversary of ‘revolutionary’ Laudato Si’ marked with new book by Irish Theologian. 

When published on 24 May 2015, the pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home was described variously as a ‘game-changer’, a ‘wake-up call’ and a ‘prophetic challenge for the twenty-first century’ – and not just by Christian faith leaders. According to respected journalist Austin Ivereigh, many international figures associated with the climate debate, such as Al Gore, Lord Nicholas Stern and Jeffery Sachs spoke of the influence of Laudato Si’ on COP21, the United Nations conference on climate held in Paris in December of that year.

As we mark the fifth anniversary of this ground-breaking encyclical, internationally-acclaimed Irish theologian Dermot A. Lane has published a new book, Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’, that builds bridges between theology and ecology. Born of the conviction that underlying all other issues, climate change is the major challenge facing humanity today, Lane asserts that theology must renew and reimagine itself and engage with the debate in the public forum with a view to initiating new, transformative practices in society, in politics, and in religions.

Theology and Ecology in Dialogue mines the theology behind Laudato Si’ and outlines a new theology of the natural world and its relationship to the Eucharist. This thought-provoking text discusses the relationship that exists between faith and ecology, creation and cosmology and will be of interest to a broad spectrum of interests- activists, policymakers, educators, priests, and theologians.

Dermot A Lane is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, former President of Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University, and recently retired pastor in Balally Parish. He has taught theology for over 45 years in various institutions in Ireland and in the US. His many publications include The Experience of God: An Invitation to do Theology.

Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’ by Dermot A. Lane and with a foreword by Seán McDonagh SCC is published on 21st May 2020 in Ireland and the UK by Messenger Publications. Priced at €19.95/£17.95


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‘To read this book is to look over the shoulder of one of Ireland’s foremost theologians. This ground-breaking book is the work of a skilled educator who presents his argument with clarity and precision. It is a precious gift to the Church at large that a professional theologian of such internationally recognized stature as Dermot Lane has been able to make the vibrancy of his eco-theological convictions accessible for any thinking Christian.’ 

 Search Journal Feb21

“This book is a gift to all who still care about the future of church and the contribution it can make to tackling the environmental crisis. Take your time, there is a lot to reflect on. Fr Dermot Lane has done Theology a great service in the publication of this work.”

  • Reality Magazine Aug20

“…provides a vital demonstration of how ecological questions now must permeate and renew the whole of theology and radically inform the practice of Christian faith.”

  • Methodist Recorder

“…it is wonderful to see a competent theologian, in dialogue with other theologians, investigating both our biblical sources and modern science to fashion a new vision of our Christian faith that takes the ‘sign of times’ more seriously.”

  • The Furrow

Lane weaves an argument that is rigorous while remaining accessible. It is not just a text for academic theologians; clergy and interested lay people will profitably engage with it. Five years on from Laudato Si’, we do not have “an explicitly theological” response written from an Irish perspective. It warrants widespread and serious engagement from the church.”

  • Kevin Hargaden, JCFJ, Jesuits in Ireland website

“…mapping out a theology for the third millennium.”

  • The Irish Catholic


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