Religions of the World and Ecology home


Timothy C. Weiskel is the Director of the Environmental Ethics and Public Policy Program, the Director of the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values, and a member of the Harvard University Committee on the Environment. In addition he is a Visiting Lecturer on Religion and Society at the Divinity School's Center for the Study of Values in Public Life. He obtained his B.A. from Yale University and doctorate from Oxford University. His published works include French Colonial Rule and the Baule Peoples: Resistance and Collaboration, 1889-1911 (Oxford University Press, 1980) and Environmental Decline and Public Policy: Pattern, Trend and Prospect (1992).

 

Abstract of paper given at Christianity and Ecology conference:
Doing Theology on a Small Planet

In the context of accelerating environmental decline religions around the world are being examined for the practical and spiritual resources that they can provide to help people for the crises at hand. New interpretations of sacred texts and new paradigms of meaning are forwarded by religious thinkers and spiritual leaders in all traditions. In effect, a thorough-going religious reformation is underway throughout the world as a trans-religious phenomena. It is expressed in some areas by a resurgent fundamentalism; it emerges in others in the form of new religious syncretisms; and it manifests itself in yet other traditions by a reaffirmation of core religious beliefs. Beyond questions of personal meaning and spiritual renewal, each religious tradition will be challenged to confront the public policy question, "Where Do We Go From Here?"

Back to:

Christianity and Ecology conference participants

Culminating conference participants