0 God, Country, and Climate Change:  A Christian perspective on a global problem

God, Country, and Climate Change: A Christian perspective on a global problem

January 20, 2022

Perhaps more than ever before, we need Christian leaders with the boldness to confront global challenges with knowledge and integrity.

Few issues are more complicated, more controversial, or more important than the threats to our global climate.  But what does the science actually say, and can we trust the data?  How should scripture inform our perspectives on climate change?  Why is it so politically divisive?  And how do I respond to Uncle Bob’s snarky comments about the weather?

We will address these and many other questions, as we delve into the complex intersections between faith, science, and politics around the topic of global climate change.  This course prepares students to develop a scientifically grounded and biblically centered perspective on the climate.  We will also critique the social, psychological and political factors influencing climate beliefs in American culture.  Students will learn to interpret competing narratives based on data and evidence while developing the tools to communicate about climate change clearly and effectively.

Starting March 9, 2022

This 8-week online course will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET and will run through April 27. Class recordings will be made available to registered participants to watch asynchronously.

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Course Cost

  • For Credit: $392/credit-hour
  • Audit: $150/course
  • Webinar: Free access to live-sessions

 

For Credit Audit Webinar
Cost $392/Credit Hour $150/Course Free
View Live or On-Demand Yes Yes Yes
Readings Access Yes Yes Yes
Moodle Access (Online Learning Platform) Yes Yes No
Transcript Available Yes Yes No
Graded Assignments Required Yes No No
Counts toward Degree Requirements Yes No No

Course Topics

  • Creation care theology
  • Climate science and impacts
  • Climate solutions
  • The psychology of climate denial
  • Diverse perspectives on the climate crisis
  • Global climate justice
  • Climate politics and advocacy
  • Charting a Christ-centered path forward
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What will you learn?

Class lectures will feature a wide variety of global experts—many among the top leaders in their field—who will help us explore these issues together. Special guest speakers include:

  • Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at the Nature Conservancy, Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and author of “Saving Us: A Climate Scientists Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.”
  • Bill McKibben, internationally acclaimed author, educator, and environmentalist; founder of 350.org
  • Bob Inglis, Executive Director of RepublicEN and former member of the United States House of Representatives.
  • John Cook, Ph.D., Research Professor at Monash University in Australia and founder of skepticalscience.org.
  • Steve Bouma-Prediger, Ph.D., Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College.
  • Jessica Moerman, Ph.D., Senior Director of Science and Policy at the Evangelical Environmental Network.
  • Lowell Bliss, Co-founder of the Christian Climate Observers Program and Climate Intercessors; Director of Eden Vigil.
  • Marinel Ubaldo, Filipino climate activist and country coordinator for the UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16).
  • Elizabeth Wathuti, Kenyan climate activist and founder of the Green Generation Initiative; Named “Africa Green Person of the Year, 2019.”
  • Terry LeBlanc, Ph.D., Director of Indigenous Studies Program at Tyndale University and Director of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies.
  • Chris Doran, Ph.D., Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University; Author of “Hope in the Age of Climate Change: Creation Care this Side of the Resurrection.”

In addition to the online classroom sessions, credit and audit students gain access to supplementary lectures that dig more deeply into the issue, as well as forum discussions where they can unpack these topics with their peers.

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