Dianne Rayson, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Pacific Theology College (Fiji), discussed her book Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) in the Greenhouse environmental humanities book talk series on Monday, 11 December 2023, at 10am in Norway (Central European time) / 10pm in Fiji.
Where is the voice of theology in the public discourse around anthropogenic climate change? How do we understand the human relationship to Earth and the ecology of which we are a part? How can we account for the human attempt to dominate nature and the devastation we have caused to our own home?
Dianne Rayson addresses these questions. She uses the creation theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer to examine what it means to be human in the post-Holocene age. Employing a range of Bonhoeffer’s texts, Rayson posits that Bonhoeffer’s Christological theology and this-worldly ethical orientation provide the tools for an Earthly Christianity. She responds to Bonhoeffer’s question, “who actually is Jesus Christ, for us, today?” and proposes a Bonhoefferian ecoethic.