Leonardo Boff is one of the founders of Liberation Theology. He remains a seminal thinker within Christian Theology. First published in Portuguese under the title, Civilizacao Planetaria, Global Civilisation is a philosophical and theological enquiry into the various elements of the globalisation process, including market forces, politics, military force, technology and science, communication and spirituality. Boff understands that the process of globalisation affects all spheres of human life, and it represents a new phase in human evolution and a new stage for Earth itself. In the present we will walk a difficult path since globalisation represents a 'revolution' in which a number of issues, such as consciousness, the meaning of life, holiness, the economy, politics, culture, work standards and ethics, are being redefined. However, Boff presents a very optimistic future for humankind, as he envisages that the Earth will become the 'true home' for all human beings. The book is divided into two main parts; in the first part Boff deals with the 'Rise of a New Global Civilisation', and in the second part he discusses 'The New World Order and Christianity'.
Leonardo Boff is Emeritus Professor at the University of Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where he lectures on Ethics and Philosophy of Religion. He has also held visiting positions at the University of Lisbon, Salamanca, Harvard, Basel, and Heidelberg. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, considered to be the alternative Nobel Peace Prize, in Stockholm in 2001 for his commitment to Justice, Ecology and Spirituality. One of the founders of Liberation Theology, he is author of 70 books including The Maternal Face of God, Ecology and Liberation: A New Paradigm, Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, When Theology Listens to the Poor, and Jesus Christ Liberator: A Critical Christology for our Time.