2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

The Implications of Theology for Environmental Ethics
Nehemiah T. Rosell
Dr. Matthew Pianalto, Faculty Mentor

In a time of vast ecological destruction, the viability of humanitys relationship to the environment has been questioned. It seems as if there is something wrong with our current ethic as it relates to the environment. Though there are many influences on individuals environmental ethics, one often overlooked aspect is theology. This paper will analyze what kind of relationship to the earth is encouraged by both traditional Christian theology and process theology. In this, I will conclude that the focuses and concept of God in traditional theology fosters a human-centered, disconnected worldview which produces an unsustainable environmental ethic. In contrast, a process theology lends itself to a nonhuman-centered worldview which emphasizes the connectivity and interdependence of all things. This kind of viewpoint naturally provides the basis for a sustainable environmental ethic.

Keywords: theology, environmental ethics, process theology, worldview

Topic(s):Philosophy & Religion
Environmental Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 13-5
Location: VH 1416
Time: 9:15

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