Theology facing climate change

The awareness of environmental crisis asks for fundamental theological reflection on the human relationship with the earth. The impetus for theological reflection on ecology is that science and education are not enough to understand our situation and to inspire our action. The environmental crisis affects our way of life as a whole, including our deepest beliefs and convictions. Living in, what has been deemed, the Anthropocene, the human being is more than ever in the power of managing nature and more than ever responsible for its preservation. At the same time the ecological crisis is so all-encompassing that it seems to reach beyond what is manageable. The worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 makes us realize the increasingly visible connections between the wellbeing of humans, other living creatures, and entire ecosystems. Is it humanity’s destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and infectious diseases, such as SARS, MERS, Avian flu, Ebola, Zika, and the coronavirus disease? The far-reaching character of what is at stake makes climate change and ecological sustainability a deeply religious issue asking for adequate theological reflection.

Keynote Speakers

  • Hilda P. Koster, PhD
    Associate Professor of Ecological Theology, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Ernst Conradie, PhD
    Senior Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape, South-Africa
  • Emanuel Gerrit Singgih, PhD
    Professor of Biblical Hermeneutics and Indonesian Contextual Theologies, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Tamás Kodácsy, PhD
    Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Church and Society, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary

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