Class 9: Climate and Energy

Jim Wallis on Climate Change and Energy Policy

Instructor: Jim Wallis

Oil spills and other events have shown us the effect of our addiction to oil; global temperatures are rising at a steady and alarming pace, due primarily to human activities. What are the policies and practices that can develop clean, efficient, and renewable energy sources to reduce our consumption of the earth’s finite resources? Is this just a policy matter, or will it require a conversion to a clean energy economy? What are the spiritual issues involved and why is the faith community playing a key role in matters concerning the environment?

Readings:

Andy. “Creation Care in the Bible: Psalms.” Flourishonline.org. Flourish Magazine, 5 May 2011. Web.

Bahnson, Fred. “Our First Divinely Appointed Vocation.” Web blog post. sojo.net. Sojourners, 12 Aug. 2013. Web.

Boorse, Dorothy. “An Evangelical Scientist’s Notes on Climate Change and Faith.” Web blog post. http://religionandpolitics.org. Religion & Politics, 30 July 2013. Web.

Tupper, Janelle. “Evangelical Scientists Call for Climate Action.” Web blog post. sojo.net. Sojourners, 10 July 2013. Web.

Wallis, Jim. “Chapter 10: The Seventh-Generation Mind-set.” Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery. New York: Howard, 2011. 133-46. Print.

Wallis, Jim. “Chapter 11: The Clean-Energy Economy Conversion.” Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery. New York: Howard, 2011. 147-56. Print.

Wallis, Jim. “Chapter 6: Stewardship and Renewal: The Earth Is the Lord’s.” The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-religious Right America. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2008. 135-56. Print.

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