Systematic Theology and Climate Change
This book offers the first comprehensive systematic theological reflection on arguably the most serious issue facing humanity and other creatures today. Responding to climate change is often left to scientists, policy makers and activists, but what understanding does theology have...
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This book offers the first comprehensive systematic theological reflection on arguably the most serious issue facing humanity and other creatures today. Responding to climate change is often left to scientists, policy makers and activists, but what understanding does theology have to offer? This collection argues that Christian theology can make an important contribution in assessing climate change and recommending a habitable way forward. Written from a range of denominations and traditions yet with ecumenical intent, the chapters explore key Christian doctrines and engage with some of the profound issues raised by climate change. Key questions considered include: What may be said about the goodness of creation in the face of anthropogenic climate change? And how does theology handle a projected future without the human? The volume provides students and scholars with fascinating theological insight into the complexity of climate change.
Prof. Michael S. Northcott (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Professor of Ethics, within th Divinity School of the University of Edinburgh
He is an ordained Anglican Priest, a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft, Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral and Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology. He has been visiting professor at theClaremont School of Theology, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya.
He is best known for his work in environmental theology and ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics (CUP 1996) is in its fourth printing. More recently published books include Life After Debt: Christianity and Global Justice (SPCK, 1999); An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire (I B Tauris, 2005) and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Darton Longman and Todd and Orbis Press, 2007). Co-edited volumes include Diversity and Dominion: Dialogues in Ecology, Ethics, and Theology (Duke University Press, 2009) with Kyle Vanhoutan and Theology After Darwin (Paternoster Press, 2009) with R. J. Berry.
Peter Manley Scott is Senior Lecturer in Christian Social Thought and Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester. His work cuts across disciplinary boundaries and draws on political theory and philosophy as well as Christian theological traditions. He is author of Theology, Ideology and Liberation (Cambridge University Press, 1994), A Political Theology of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and numerous articles, and is co-editor of the Blackwell Companion to Political Theology (2004). He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, USA) and is on the editorial board of the journal Ecotheology.
- 1. Introduction Michael S. Northcott & Peter M. Scott 2. Triune God Timothy Gorringe 3. Christology Niels Henrik Gregersen 4. Spirit Michael S. Northcott 5. Creation Celia Deane-drummond 6. Creatures Rachel Muers 7. Humanity Peter M. Scott 8. Sin And Salvation Neil Messer 9. Church Tamara Grdzelidze 10. Eschatology Stefan Skrimshire