[F&ES 797/REL 906] / 2016-2017
Christianity and Environmental Ethics
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to core questions and moral frameworks in environmental ethics as they relate to Christianity. Special attention will be given to understanding, critically assessing, and applying the fundamental methodology and environmental philosophy that undergirds environmental ethics as read through the lens of Christian theology and religious moral reasoning. This course will simultaneously allowstudents to take stock of contemporary issues including but not limited to: global climate change; the moral status of ecosystems; biodiversity loss; the relationship between race, gender, poverty, and the environment; and intersections with other issues such as animal welfare, economics, and agriculture. No prior experience in theology, environmental ethics, or religious ethics is required. Participants will be encouraged to be exploratory, inquisitive, and interactive in their learning.