Project Title

Ecological Repentance

College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2021-08-26 05:10:10

Major

Philosophy

Honors Course

English Composition 2

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021

Abstract

In an age ripe with discovery and analysis regarding anthropogenic pollution and the resultant climate change, a causal ideological explanation is naturally sought. This paper seeks to delve deep into the Christian religion and its relationship to the current climate crisis, as well as discuss whether or not predictions and speculative assertions professed in the famous essay by Lynn White, Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis, hold up when surveyed with a more critical and thorough evaluative lens. This conversation is undertaken under three core considerations: biblical cosmology, what has happened in the world of Christian bioethics since White’s time, and Christological as well as Eschatological doctrines and their implications when it comes to the natural environment. All arguments expressed in this paper come from these themes and their corresponding dogmas.

Research Sponsor

Joseph LiVecchi

First Reader

Nathaniel Blackerby

Second Reader

John Huss

Honors Faculty Advisor

Kimberly Ann Roy

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