Facing the realities of global warming and the urgent tasks concerning climate change requires a deeper understanding of different modes of scientific exploration and of religious questions connected to nature and the environment. This module investigates the role of religion in the construction and maintenance of environmental and architectural landscapes and how this may affect individual and communal well-being. We also investigate how the understanding of what is "nature" and the relationship of human civilization in terms of technological innovation or responsible stewardship relate to overall views about human responsibility for the environment. We are also interested in questions of ecology and environmental theology and how specific theological explorations can help provide a religious framework for environmental stewardship. RES also focuses on questions of animal rights and natural violence.
Topics in this module include
- Religion and environmentalism
- Environmental theology and ethics
- Urbanism, spirituality, and wellbeing
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