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"A Political Theology of Climate Change."

When: Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, Scott Hall 212, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Rossitza Guenkova-Fernandez   (847) 491-3611

Group: Religious Studies Department

Co-Sponsor: Environmental Policy and Culture

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Lecture by Professor Michael S. Northcott,  University of Edinburgh

Professor Northcott will discuss nations as key agents in the climate crisis, arguing that nations have legal and moral responsibilities to rule over limited terrains and to guard a just and fair distribution of the fruits of the earth within the ecological limits of those terrains. About Northcott's work, sociologist/philosopher Bruno Latour of the Paris Institute of Political Studies writes: "Michael Northcott continues to bring alive the most implausible hybrid -- a carbon theology! By reawakening the dormant meaning of Incarnation, he provides new energy for an ecological movement that could learn to thrive on the long tradition of political theology."

Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Northcott serves as Principal Investigator of the AHRC/ESRC large grant project entitled 'Caring for the Future through Ancestral Time: Engaging the Cultural and Spiritual Presence of the Past to Promote a Sustainable Future.' He has published numerous books and papers in environmental theology and theological ethics including Place, Ecology and the Sacred (Bloomsbury 2015), A Political Theology of Climate Change (Eerdmans, 2013), with Peter Scott, Systematic Theology and Climate Change (Routledge 2014), and A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Orbis 2007).

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