Theology, Ecology and the Future

The ecological crisis calls for sustainable ways of thinking and doing theology. The field of ecotheology, for long a marginalized academic field, holds today a key position in theological debates worldwide. The course studies the roots of ecocritical perspectives within different theological traditions along with contemporary expressions thus providing the student a contextualization of ecotheology today and a possibility of positioning her/himself on that map. Ecotheological expressions relating to Christian eschatology, the Bible, apophatic theology, political theology, feminism, queer theory, economy, activism and ecumenism are introduced and discussed. The course thus introduces and critically analyses historical and contemporary theological suggestions of ways of living, believing and acting for a sustainable future.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of various ecotheological perspectives and the ways in which they relate to the theological traditions from which they have emerged
  • demonstrate an in-depth understanding of, and an ability to critically discuss, ecotheological challenges to economical systems, social and societal norms as well as to established theological thought figures
  • be able to argue critically and on a systematic theological basis for an ecotheological position in a contemporary political setting

Reservation för revidering av litteraturen.

Rosemary Radford Ruether. 1994. Gaia and God: Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing. San Francisco: HarperOne. (320 p)

Bruno Latour and Catherine Porter. 2017. Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime, Polity. (300 s)

Brett Malcolm Grainger. 2019. Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. (280 p)

Daniel Brunner et.al.. 2014. Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology: Foundations in Scripture, Theology, History, and Praxis. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. (272 p)

Whitney Bauman. 2014. Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic. New York: Columbia university Press. (256 p)

Whitney Bauman et.al. Meaningful Flesh: Reflections on Religion and Nature for a Queer Planet. Earth: Punctum Books. (15-54, 81-103)

Michael S. Northcott and Peter M. Scott, eds. 2014. Systematic Theology and Climate Change: Ecumenical Perspectives. London: Routledge. (192 p)

Panu Pihkala. 2017. Early Ecotheology and Joseph Sittler. Zürich: LIT Verlag. (270 p)

Petra Carlsson Redell. 2020. Avantgarde Art and Radical Material Theology: A Manifesto. London: Routledge 2020. (100 p)

Lynn White Jr. 1967. “The Historical Roots of our Ecologic Crisis”. Science. Vol. 155, No. 3767. pp 1203-1207 (5 p)

Whitney Bauman, Antje Jackelén, Philip Clayton and Graham Walker. 2018. Navigating Post-Truth and Alternative Facts: Religion and Science as Political Theology. Lanham: Lexington Books. (xix-xxx, 113-162)

Articles, 100 p

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Petra Carlsson

Professor, högskolelektor



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Kurser i teologi/religionsvetenskap, 120 hp, varav minst 15 hp systematisk teologi på fördjupningsnivå, eller godkända kurser för en kandidatexamen i teologi/religionsvetenskap, 180 hp, där minst 150 hp utgörs av teologi/religionsvetenskap eller motsvarande. Dessutom kunskaper i svenska och engelska motsvarande kraven för grundläggande behörighet.

Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 18 december 2019.