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SAH Humanities Forum | “When God Was a Bird: Christianity, Animism, and the Re-enchantment of the World” Featuring Mark Wallace

Please join the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) at Claremont Graduate University as Mark Wallace addresses what role that the world’s religions play in ameliorating—or causing—the current climate catastrophe and species extinction that we now face. Religion in general, and Christianity in particular, appears to bear a disproportionate burden for creating humankind’s exploitative attitudes toward the environment by evacuating God from the wonder of the natural world. Now all life is deserving of humans’ care and protection insofar as the world is envisioned as alive with sacred animals, plants, landscapes, and bodies of water. Challenging traditional Christianity’s self-definition as an other-worldly religion, Wallace paves the way for a new Earth-loving spirituality grounded in the ancient image of God as a bird.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Mark Wallace
Mark Wallace is a Professor of Religion, Environmental Studies, and Interpretation Theory at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. At Swarthmore College, he directs the ChesterSemester program in which college students work alongside Chester partners in high-value internships focused on social and environmental justice. He is core faculty for the U.S. State Department’s Institutes on Religious Pluralism at Temple University.

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College and the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts at Harvey Mudd College.