Prof. Markus Vogt:
Perception of soil in the catholic ethic
In times of climate change, population growth and international land speculation, soil conservation has a special importance for sustainable development not only in Germany but all over the world. It
is a central field of probation for contemporary responsibility for creation, because of the indispensable affordances that fertile farmland effects not only for human nutrition, but for the whole network of living processes and biodiversity. These functions are actually worldwide endangered by a creeping process of soil degradation. Against this background the presentation postulates a paradigm shift towards a nature-compatible agriculture and area planning, a shift that touches upon some aspects of agricultural policy, development cooperation and consumption habits. This debate exhibits a substantial religious and cultural dimension: What we need is a re-centering on the grand narratives of anthropology and the perception of nature as well as culture and technology, in order to allow us to cope with the challenges of today’s life. It is foremost this narrative and anthropological integration that constitutes the surplus value of Christian theology of creation compared with a secular ethics of nature. As a resume the presentation sketches “ten commandments” of Christian environmental ethics for soil protection.