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Ecotheology, or Why Climate Crisis and Eco-Anxiety Require a Radically Different Kind of Theology
November 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
“Ecotheology, or Why Climate Crisis and Eco-Anxiety Require a Radically Different Kind of Theology”
With Philip Clayton
November 10, 2022
Online at 7:00pm EST
If anything has been scientifically established, it’s anthropogenic climate change. As we learned this last summer, climate disruption means floods, droughts, and fires ― levels of social and economic disruption we could hardly have imagined a few decades ago. The result is eco-anxiety and a pervasive sense of hopelessness, especially in younger people. What resources are available in the Christian tradition for addressing these challenges? Perhaps there is no other contemporary topic where theology and the natural (and social) sciences come together in more profound and important ways ― and certainly none on which the fate of the world’s ecosystems more urgently depend. In sharing some thoughts for us to discuss together, I will propose a theology that truly incorporates ecology into the very heart of its method and conclusions ― incorporates them as fully as Scholastic theology incorporated medieval philosophy. We will discover some amazing (and fruitful) implications for understanding God and God’s relationship to the world. The result is genuinely “theology in a new key” ― not in an artificial sense, but in a, well, organic way. And, I dare say, it’s an approach to theology that genuinely can bring hope.
Philip Clayton is president of the Institute for Ecological Civilization, which works internationally to support the transition toward a sustainable civilization, developing collaborations among government, business, and policy leaders. He also chairs the board of the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China, which supports environmental policies and practices in China. Dr. Clayton holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology. He is the author or editor of some 26 books, most recently What Is Ecological Civilization? and The New Possible: Visions of Our World Beyond Crisis. A former Senior Fulbright Fellow and Humboldt Professor, Clayton founded and directs the PhD program in comparative theologies and philosophies. A graduate of Yale University, he has taught at Williams College and the California State University, as well as holding guest professorships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. See also PhilipClayton.net.