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This essay is based on Rosemary Radford Ruether's Gaia & God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing. First HarperCollins Paperback Edition Published in 1994. ISBN: 0-06-066987-5 (pbk). Ruether, Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelic Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, first published in 1992.

Rosemary Ruether writes from the perspective of one with an eclectic exposure to the religions of Western civilization. As she says: " . . . this is my tradition and therefore it is the culture for which I must be accountable." Here is a good example of our explanation of "complicity" in the Dear Habermas commmunity. If I accept knowingly and in silence what happens in the name of my culture, then I am complicit in that which happens. If I accept withough being aware, then I am complicit in my failure to inform myself. In both cases, complicity is less than in the actual and direct doing of the harm, but it is nonetheless complicit, and does carry with it accountability. (Ruether, op.cit., at p. 10.)

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