Save the Date for a Biblical and Anthropological Examination of Climate Change!
By BCEEAN Newsletter Staff
Emory University Professor Carol A. Newsom will address human contributions to climate change, Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:30-7:00 pm in the Heights Room. The event is free of charge, but online reservations are requested. Register here.
Dr. Newsom is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Emory's Candler School of Theology. She is also a senior fellow at Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.
Her research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She has written and edited 13 books and scores of articles, book chapters, translations, encyclopedia articles and reviews. She co-edited the acclaimed Women's Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 3rd ed., 2012), now in its third edition, which explores the implications of, and challenges long-held assumptions about, the Bible's portrayal of women and other marginalized groups.
Dr. Newsom's address to BC is entitled: "Climate Change as a Consequence of Human Presence: A Dialogue between Anthropology and Biblical Studies." She begins her analysis by observing that human-induced climate change is the most serious problem confronting the ecology of our planet. She then asks: Was this an inevitable consequence of the appearance of humans in the ecosystem? How should we think about how we got to this terrifying state? And how can we think hopefully about the future?
In Dr. Newsom's view, anthropologists who study the emergence of homo sapiens present an account of our origins that engages in intriguing ways with the Israelite reflections on human origins in Genesis 1-11. She offers this tantalizing promise: "Here is a conversation between religion and science that offers true insight into how our unique nature is both a danger and a promise in this fragile world."
This event is sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and generously supported by the Kitz Family in honor of Richard J. Clifford, S.J.
Here is a link to Register.