The Bible and Environmental Ethics (THE2136)

15 credits

Environmental issues are widely agreed to be among the most urgent facing the human race in the twenty-first century. Biblical texts have shaped Christian views of the environment and of human responsibility towards it in differing ways. In this module you will examine some of the ways in which biblical texts have been interpreted from various perspectives.  You will explore different approaches to a range of texts in terms of their ecological implications and ethical potential. In particular, you will look at the ways in which the Bible depicts ‘creation’ and the relationships between human and non-human creation.  You will assess the contribution of the Bible in environmental ethics. The module provides a case study in biblical hermeneutics, defined as ‘looking at ways in which the Bible is interpreted in relation to a major contemporary issue’.