[F&ES 769/REL 969] / 2016-2017
Christianity and Ecology
This course explores the ways in which Christianity is responding to environmental degradation from an interdisciplinary perspective. In this course, we will draw upon insights from theology, ethics, the history of religion, the sociology of religion, and philosophy. While we will examine the role that religious ideas and values play in shaping Christian attitudes and actions towards the environment, we will also consider the lived-experiences of Christians facing environmental problems. Students will be introduced to the major theologies and strategies for action that Christians are creating while simultaneously assessing the effectiveness of such strategies and examining the growth of pragmatic, on-the-ground responses. This is intended to be an introduction to a broad spectrum of issues residing at the intersection of Christianity and ecology. No prior experience is necessary.