Christopher Thompson, Integral Ecology and the Promise of Green Thomism


Christopher ThompsonChristopher Thompson

Laudato Si’ called the Catholic community to an ecological conversion, a reorientation of our habits of mind toward a deeper consideration of creation and our responsibilities for its care. Is this a radical innovation? Or can we discern an intellectual patrimony at the heart of the discussion? In this lecture, Christopher Thompson invites us to reflect more deeply on the elements of ecological concern and consider the intellectual tradition inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas as a resource and guide going forward. “Green Thomism,” Thompson proposes, opens a path toward a renewed engagement with the Thomistic tradition as well as its contribution to contemporary ecological concern. 


Christopher Thompson is Professor of Moral Theology at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of fundamental moral theology and ecological concern in particular. His most recent work, The Joyful Mystery: Notes Toward a Green Thomism (Emmaus 2017) highlights some of the elements of a “Green Thomism,” a contemplative ecology rooted in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. Former Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies and Dean of the School of Divinity, Thompson also serves on the board of Catholic Rural Life.

Free and open to the public. 

This event is made possible by support from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, Jacques Maritain Center, College of Science, Environmental Change Initiative, McGrath Institute for Church Life, Department of Philosophy, and Center for Social Concerns.




Originally published at