Religion, Ethics, and Climate Change

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
International Center, Room 303
International Center
427 N Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48824
Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum

Pope Francis is a lonely voice in pushing for action on climate change; why are other religious leaders so slow to respond to this ethical challenge? In this talk, I begin with two ways that religions interact with science: either a totalizing view (“religion has all the answers”) or a contingent view (“religious answers may be revised”). After exploring the theological implications for these views, I turn to the problem of climate change. My suggestion is that climate change is more than a challenge to energy policy, it also undercuts the way that many people regard religion.


***this event will be hosted live at Michigan State University and shared virtually with an audience at the University of Michigan in Weiser Hall 555***