C656: Environmental Ethics: Syllabus, Fall Semester 2000
Carol Johnston, johnston@cts.edu
and Marti Steussy, msteussy@cts.edu

Christian Theological Seminary
August 25, 2000
Web Site: www.cts.edu/EnvEthics/

 

 

Requirements:

1. Reading and participation: This is a seminar, so it is especially important that each student do the assigned reading and demonstrate knowledge of its content through thoughtful class participation, which does count in the final grade.

2. Weekly Two-page paper on major issues in reading and discussion: Nine papers are required, of no more than 2 pages each: Page 1 is to be a description of the main issues and insights gained from the reading and the discussion of the week. It should not be a list of topics covered, but a summary of what was important and interesting. Do Not use phrases like, “First we talked about, and then we talked about...” Instead, it should be more like, “The most important issue was about sin as loss of trust in God.” Page 1 is also not to include your opinions - that comes on Page 2. Page 2 is your reflections on what was important, your growing edges, your further thinking about key insights.

3. Worship: Each class member will lead the class in 15-20 minutes of worship at the end of class that is meant to help students bring environmental concerns and theology into worship resources.

4. Project: Each student will design a project to be due toward the end of the semester. Proposals should be approved by October 3, and the project is due November 7. A term paper of about 15 pages is acceptable, but so are other kinds of projects, such as writing a curriculum for a course on ecojustice in a church, developing a youth project, writing a short story with a paper explaining it, or many others. We will discuss ideas in class, and the projects will be presented in class at the end of the semester.

 

Schedule:

August 29 First class: Introductions, Papers, Projects, Syllabus
Divide up World Watch Reader for next week.
Video: “Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice”

Sept. 5 One Analysis of the Eco-Justice Crisis: World WatchWe’ll divide the book among us and present its main points.

Land and Nature in Scripture and Other Traditions

Sept. 12 The First Testament and Creation Bring your Bible
“And the Leaves of the Tree”, pp. 1-26.
Hessel and Ruether: Hiebert pp. 135-151
and DeWitt pp. 291-310.

Sept. 19 The Second Testament and Creation Bring your Bible
“And the Leaves of the Tree”, pp. 27-35.
Hessel and Ruether: Keller, Hinsdale, and Rossing: pp. 183-219.

Sept. 26 Other Religious Traditions
Worldviews and Ecology, ed. Mary Evelyn Tucker & John A. Grim:
“Native North American Worldviews and Ecology”, John A. Grim, pp. 41-54.
“Judaism and the Ecological Crisis”, Eric Katz, pp. 55-70.
“The Ecological Fallout of Islamic Creation Theology”, Roger E. Timm, pp. 83-95.
“Hindu Environmentalism”, Christopher Key Chapple, pp. 113-123.
“Toward a Buddhist Ecological Cosmology”, Brian Brown, pp. 124-137.
“Ecological Themes in Taoism and Confucianism”, Mary Evelyn Tucker, pp. 150-162.

Theology and the Environment

October 3 Edwards, God of Evolution, Chapters 1-3.

October 10 Edwards, Chapters 4-6 and Conclusion

Ethics and the Environment: Caring for the Oikos

October 17 Hessel and Ruether III: The Universal and Particular in Ethics and
Spirituality [CJ away]
Nash and Traina, pp. 227-258
Cowdin, pp. 261-285
Lee and Kim, pp. 337-361


October 24 H & R IV: Toward Global Security and Sustainability
Barbour, pp. 385-399
Martin-Schram, pp. 439-449
French and Williams, pp. 473-95
Cobb, 497-510

October 31 No Classes: Focus on Ministry

Implications for Faith and Practice: Balancing Saving the Planet with Daily Life

November 7 H & R V: Christian Praxis for Ecology and Justice
Rasmussen, pp. 515-527
Daneel and Robra, pp. 531-557
Miller-Travis, pp. 559-571
Somplatsky-Jarman, Grazer, LeQuire, pp. 573-590
Mische, pp. 591-602
Ruether, pp. 603-613

Nov. 14 Hearing from the Trenches: Guest Speaker (CJ away)

Nov. 21 No Classes: Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 28 Environmental Classic: Dakota by Kathleen Norris

December 5 Presenting Projects

Dec. 12 EXAM WEEK: Finishing Presenting Projects

C656: Environmental Ethics: Schedule for Projects and Worship:

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Bibliography for Environmental Ethics: C656, Spring 1996

 

Required Reading:
Brown, Lester Russell, and Ed Ayres, eds. The World Watch Reader on Global
Environmental Issues. 1998.
Edwards, Denis. The God of Evolution: A Trinitarian Theology (NY: Paulist Press, 1999).
Hessel, Dieter T., and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds. Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans (Religions of the World and Ecology, 3, 2000).
Johnston, Carol. And the Leaves of the Tree Are for the Healing of the Nations
(Louisville: Presbyterian Church (USA), 1997).
Norris, Kathleen. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography (NY: Tichnor & Fields, 1993).
Tucker, Mary Evelyn and John A. Grimm, editors. Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment (Maryknoll,NY: Orbis Press, 1994).

 

General Bibliography
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............. Western Man and Environmental Ethics (Reading,MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1973). [famous Lynn White essay]
Beisner, E. Calvin. Where Garden Meets Wilderness: Evangelical Entry into the Environmental Debate (Grand Rapids: Acton Institute; Eerdmans, 1997).
Bergant, Dianne. The Earth Is the Lord’s: The Bible, Ecology, and Worship (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998).
--------------- Israel’s Wisdom Literature: A Liberation-Critical Reading (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997).
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---------------What Are People For?
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