Ecology and Theology
In-Course Sessions: Oct. 15-16
Developing an informed and relevant ecological perspective requires that we ask very important ethical and theological questions about nature and our role(s) in creation. This course explores the many ways in which our current ecological crisis challenges us to rethink our values, beliefs, and the scope of our moral-environmental obligations. Through our exploration of the history and controversies of eco-theology, students will consider the interrelation of religion, ethics, and the environment with the ultimate goals of becoming better informed and active citizens in the world.
- By the end of this course students will possess greater knowledge of eco-theology in the Christian tradition.
- By the end of this course students will be able to identify new ways in which to meaningfully develop Christian character in response to pressing ecological concerns, including social justice, poverty, and issues of sustainability—guided by ethical principles that are rooted in biblical and theological traditions.
- By the end of this course students will be able to apply theologically informed views to contemporary ecological concerns, including those related to one’s own life and ministry contexts.