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978-1-4985-2358-5 • Hardback • September 2016 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-2359-2 • eBook • September 2016 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Forrest Clingerman is associate professor of philosophy and religion at Ohio Northern University.
Kevin J. O’Brien is associate professor of religion at Pacific Lutheran University.
Forrest Clingerman & Kevin J. O’Brien
Part I: Climate Engineering and Religion
Playing God: Why Religion Belongs in the Climate Engineering Debate
Forrest Clingerman & Kevin J. O’Brien
From the Garden of Eden to Eden’s Gardener? Experiences from Dialogues with Religious Groups on Climate Engineering and Possible Implications for Transdisciplinarity
Thomas Bruhn, Stefan Schäfer, & Mark G. Lawrence
Part II: Philosophical and Theological Responses to Climate Engineering
The Temptations of Climate Engineering
Real Presence: Process Theological Perspectives on Geoengineering the Body of God
Time’s Arrow and Narratives of Climate Engineering
Rewriting Mortality: A Theological Critique of Geoengineering and De-Extinction
Part III: Religious Resources for Moral Discernment
Healing the Climate? Christian Ethics and Medical Models for Climate Engineering
Laura M. Hartman
Stewards of Irony: Planetary Stewardship, Climate Engineering, and Religious Ethics
Ritual Responses to Climate Engineering
Sarah E. Fredericks
“First Be Reconciled”: The Priority of Repentance in the Climate Engineering Debate
Kevin J. O’Brien
Religion and Climate Engineering: Points of Consensus from Claremont
Thomas Bruhn, Forrest Clingerman, Sarah Fredericks, Laura Hartman, Kevin J. O’Brien, Dane Scott, and Marit Trelstad
Theologians, religious ethicists, and other religious studies scholars can play a key role in mediating reflection on scientific and technological options in light of core narratives and values that shape our understanding of climate change, and that orient ethical action. Other audiences that could benefit from this book include Christian communities that are engaged in environmental issues as well as scientists, engineers, policymakers, and others who are committed to deliberative public discourse on this topic…. A strength of this collection is the balance between theological and ethical perspectives, reflecting the importance of religious thought in both shaping our understanding of climate change and orienting our actions in response to it…. The book as a whole—especially its emphasis on narratives and storytelling—clearly demonstrates that climate engineering is not solely a scientific issue. The collection is illuminating and inviting; it deepens reflection on this precarious moment in history, and challenges us to be deliberative as the conversation surrounding climate engineering unfolds…. Clingerman and O’Brien’s Theological and Ethical Perspectives on Climate Engineering will enrich and deepen interdisciplinary and public reflection on these increasingly prominent proposals.
— Reading Religion
As methods of containing the horrors of climate change that are acceptable to most people of goodwill turn out to be inadequate and the threat of out-of-control global warming becomes an inescapable reality, scientists and technologists will propose responses from which many of us now recoil. Ethically sensitive people should not wait for the extreme crisis to start reflecting about these proposals. This book begins the process of informed reflection that has the potential to steer humanity wisely through choices that, thus far, many of us have refused to consider.
— John B. Cobb Jr., professor emeritus, Claremont School of Theology
This book is not just fascinating to read, it also develops important ethical perspectives on climate engineering. For too long theological ethicists have lagged behind developments in science. This book charts new territory by anticipating those changes before full implementation and asking questions, both critical and constructive, about some of the potential ways forward. So, as well as making a clear case for the place of religion at the table of ethical deliberation on climate engineering, this book will help religious believers find new ways to approach such complex problems and arrive at informed judgments. Given the controversial nature of climate engineering this book will also provide a valuable teaching tool for both science students and those in religious studies, theology and environmental ethics.
— Celia Deane-Drummond, Oxford University
Imagined projects of climate engineering are fast becoming a new meeting point for the sciences and humanities. Clingerman and O’Brien bring a series of unique theological perspectives into this conversation. Drawing from religious thought and tradition, this important volume shows the value of tempering scientific understandings of how climate works with accounts of what climate means, and why this matters for how people should act.
— Mike Hulme, Professor of Climate and Culture, King’s College London
What to do about climate change? This excellent set of essays examines one possible response: undertaking large scale climate engineering or intervention. Arguing persuasively that religious and theological perspectives are helpful in framing the discussion of such geoengineering, we are not offered any easy answers. Instead, drawing on a range of thinkers from Niebuhr to McFague to Jamieson, we are helpfully presented with critical discussions of—among other matters—temptation, time, finitude and loss, and patience. In the quickly developing literature on religion and climate change, Calming the Storm is a must-read.
— Peter M. Scott, Samuel Ferguson Professor of Applied Theology & Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute, The University of Manchester, UK