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Ethical Futures: Digital and Ecological

A multi-disciplinary network interested in developing theological responses to ecological challenges and digital technologies

Ethical Futures: Digital and Ecological is a multi-disciplinary network of theologians, philosophers, natural and social scientists, artists, practitioners, academics and activists with shared interests in developing theological responses to ecological challenges and new digital technologies.

The network emerged from conversations following the publication of a book in 2017 by Associate Research Fellow Revd Dr John Reader, entitled Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent. Examining the concepts of transcendence, human agency, and a New Enlightenment, Reader’s book also moves into more practical areas of aesthetics and technology and a response to the contemporary apocalyptic of climate change.

Following the launch of the book in Oxford, subsequent meetings and discussions have been held with a growing number of scholars and activists, interested to challenge and develop the themes it engages, particularly the ethical questions that lie at the intersections between our algorithmic society, the contemporary ecological crisis and religion.

This work follows in the tradition of William Temple, who was deeply concerned with, not only social justice, but also the environmental sustainability of our earth and the impact of technology.

“As a general principle upon which alone the solid foundations of peace can be built, we should recognise that the resources of the earth should be used as God’s gift to the whole human race, and used with due consideration for the needs of the present and future generations.”

Read more about the members of this network here.

Upcoming Meetings

30th September – Andy Gildon – “Hefting”

What does a strong sense of place bring to a community? Does asking variants of the question “why are we here?” help us to make sense of working together, bringing about and dealing with changes? I’m hoping to raise a discussion on the value of stories and exploration of one’s environs in building a sense of community and the desire to serve that community.

22nd October – Jeff Leonardi – “Made in the image?”

This presentation will start by discussing the status of the Genesis creation texts, as story, myth and archetype, and then move into the core question of what it means to be human in the image and likeness – drawing from the Orthodox ideas of theosis and divinisation – and comparing and contrasting this with the an understanding of the actualising tendency from person-centred counselling. The talk finishes with the question of the direction of human evolution into the future.

26th November – Martin and Margot Hodson – COVID-19: where from and what next?

If COVID-19 results from our actions rather than a natural evil, what does this mean theologically? What are we learning from the pandemic and what will that mean for the future?

17th December – Eric Trozzo

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