How has the Bible shaped the environment?
On Monday 24 January the presentation of a research project which will address questions, like how might the Bible be positively engaged in reshaping Christian theology and ethics concerning the environment, will be given at the at the Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral.
The three year research project led by the University of Exeter has recently published several books, and will be presented to the public on at the event on Monday. The project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), looked at the variety of ways in which the Bible has been understood through history and in the present. Interpretations range from those that see the Bible as a text that teaches human pre-eminence and imminent destruction for the earth to those that see the Bible as a ‘green’ book that teaches stewardship and care for the earth.
As well as examining this diverse history of interpretation, the project has sought to develop new and constructive ways of engaging biblical texts in the light of the environmental problems we currently face.
Professor David Horrell, a Biblical scholar at the University of Exeter, said, “The project has been trying to show ways in which fresh engagements with the Bible can help re-shape the Christian tradition in a way that takes the environmental challenge on board. The traditional focus on human beings can be recast to include the whole creation.”
He added, “Given the Bible’s authority for many, its influence not only shapes people’s spiritual beliefs, but also their practical, political and economic behaviour.”
At the event, members of the project team will speak about their research and the Bishop of Exeter, the Right Revd Michael Langrish will present some remarks on the topic, and on the books from the project that have recently been published. In addition to the presentations, there will be an opportunity for an informal discussion. The event is free of charge and is on Monday 24 January at 6.30–8pm in The Chapter House, Exeter Cathedral.
For further information contact Professor David Horrell, Director, Centre for Biblical Studies: D.G.Horrell@exeter.ac.uk
Date: 23 January 2011