An Ethics for the Coming Storm: A Theological Reflection on Climate Change | Laurie Zoloth – Boisi Center – Boston College

Coming Storm
Laurie Zoloth
Northwestern University

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 6:00-7:30 pm
Location: Fulton Hall, Room 511

Abstract: Prophecy has two duties: it must imagine the future and it must offer a choice, the warning contingent on human moral agency. In this world, and at this time, the duty of prophecy is not theoretical, for humanity faces a stark reality, one that is already beginning to unfold. Climate change threatens the world of stability that undergirds all institutions, all texts, and all practices.

While a drastically changed climate is a new challenge in science and policy, the drama of drought and refugees is not a new problem in religious texts or traditions. The biblical account of creation sends humans into a chancy world; the famines that drive the biblical narrative send populations sweeping across the Middle East, in a land promised, but fragile. As our world begins to shift under the burden of a dramatically warming climate, it is the duty of prophecy – to imagine and to warn – that animates both science and theology.

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Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

 

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