Religion in the Anthropocene

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Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , March
     362 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Geneviève Pigeon forthcoming.


This book charts a new direction in humanities scholarship through serious engagement with the geopolitical concept of the Anthropocene. Drawing on religious studies, theology, social science, history and philosophy, and what can be broadly termed the environmental humanities, this collection represents a groundbreaking critical analysis of diverse narratives on the Anthropocene.
The contributors to this volume recognize that the Anthropocene began as a geological concept, the age of the humans, but that its implications are much wider than this.

Will the Anthropocene have good or bad ethical outcomes?
Does the Anthropocene idea challenge the possibility of a sacred Nature, which shores up many religious approaches to environmental ethics?
Or is the Anthropocene a secularized theological anthropology more properly dealt with through traditional concepts from Catholic social teaching on human ecology?
Do theological traditions, such as Christology, reinforce negative aspects of the Anthropocene?
Not all contributors in this volume agree with the answers to these different questions. Readers will be challenged, provoked, and stimulated by this book.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Celia Deane-Drummond is professor of theology and director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame. Her recent books include The Wisdom of the Liminal (2014), Technofutures, Nature, and the Sacred(coeditor, 2015) and Ecology in Jurgen Moltmann's Theology.

Sigurd Bergmann is professor of religious studies in the department of philosophy and religious studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. His recent books include Religion, Space, and the Environment (2014) and Technofutures, Nature, and the Sacred.

Markus Vogt is professor of Christian Social Ethics at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. His recent books include Prinzip Nachhaltigkeit(3rd ed. 2013) Wo steht die Umweltethik? (coeditor 2013), and Die Welt des Anthropozan.

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