Christianity and the Ecological Crisis
College: Institute for Christian Studies
Instructor 1: Kuipers, Ronald
Course Code: 
ICT3940HS
Semester: 
Second Semester
Section: 
0101
Online: 
No
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Toronto (St George Campus)
Description: 

”The attitudes to save the environment should be imbued with a vision of the sacred.”—David Suzuki at the Global Forum of the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 5 June, 1992
Critics often blame Christian culture, and sometimes rightly, for either ignoring or contributing to the global ecological crisis.  This course will examine some Christian responses to the ecological crisis that contest this characterization. These include claims that the responsibility for the global ecological crisis is complex and multifaceted as well as arguments that Christianity can resist and undo the attitudes that helped create the crisis. We shall explore agrarian essays, ecological theology, and international initiatives on ecological activities. We may also visit a farm whose inhabitants integrate their faith and their lifestyle. In this discussion-intensive seminar, participants will consider what role Christian faith can and should play in a strong environmental ethic.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Winter 2011
Summer 2009
Start Time: 
13:30
End Time: 
16:30
Schedule: 
Mon
Minimum: 
0
Maximum: 
0
Teaching Method: 
Seminars
Means of Evaluation: