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Ask the Beasts: Spirituality and the Evolving Earth

EVELYN UNDERHILL LECTURE IN CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

July 13, 2013
Presenter: Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.

 “Ask the beasts and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth and they will instruct you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you ... “ (Job 12:7-8)

Guided by this often unheeded advice, this lecture asks the creatures formed by life’s evolution for their wisdom about the creative love of the living God. Their beauty and agonies disclose in new ways the energizing presence of the Spirit, the solidarity of Jesus in the flesh of suffering, and the immense power of the Origin and Goal of all. As a fellow species, human beings are summoned to a spirituality of relationship and ethic of care in this time of ecological distress. 

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is the Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University, and author of the forthcoming book Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love(Bloomsbury, 2013).



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