How do religious persons and communities conceive and practice moral responsibility in an age of anthropocene powers? When moral agency is exercised throughout Earth’s systems, how is responsibility assigned? What is its relation to the past (e.g., the Doctrine of Discovery, the legacy of slavery and capitalism, Truth & Reconciliation and reparations processes) and to the future (future generations of human and other-than-human life)? How does social justice also become creation justice? Numerous issues in climate ethics will all focus on a constructive theory of responsibility. Note: students who have not had a basic ethics course are asked to read either Jenkins, The Future of Ethics, or Rasmussen, Earth-honoring Faith, prior to the first session of the class.
- Professor: Larry Rasmussen