Contributors: Kopp, Martin (University of Strasbourg)
Martin Kopp is a PhD candidate in Protestant Theology at the University of Strasbourg. His thesis lies at the crossroads of economics, ecology and Christian theology. His subject is: “To believe and to degrow? Protestant Theology Questioned by Degrowth according to Serge Latouche”.
Scientific paper contribution: A Christian Criticism of the Society of Growth
Abstract: Does the Christian faith question the society of growth? This short paper argues that it indeed contradicts its productivist social imaginary. First, a renewed theology of creation opposes the anthropocentric view of humankind rightfully ruling and exploiting nature. Second, the evangelical ethics of sobriety and sharing is in conflict with the materialistic view of life. Through these two criticisms, this paper sets milestones towards a Christian “objection de croissance”, or a Christian criticism of the society of growth. This mental – one could even say spiritual – resistance is a prime and necessary condition towards a day to day concrete resistance, not to speak of a complete change of our growth-based system.