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Fall 2018
Jan 20, 2022
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THEO 039 - Nature, God & Social Justice
Three areas of inquiry structure this course:  (1) Some hold nature (or the cosmos) to be the ultimate whole in which humans participate while others hold that there is a reality more ultimate than nature, which they signify by speaking of God.  Should we expect the two groups to understand ecological responsibility in the same way and to be similarly motivated to modify received patterns of behavior?  (2) Some hold Christianity partly responsible for contemporary environmental degradation.  What is the basis of this argument, and how true is it?  In what ways might the changes affecting our earth prompt theologians in creative new directions in theology?  And (3) given the massive changes taking place globally in the natural systems our lives depend upon, and given the potential of these changes to destabilize social arrangements and cause widespread sentient suffering, what sorts of ethical issues will have to be addressed, who will address them, and do religions have anything distinctive to offer with respect to preserving social justice in the Anthropocene Age?

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Seminar

Theology & Religious Studies Department

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