Exploring Religion in Anthropocene

Author: Laura Donnelly

Religion In The Anthropocene

In 2014, an article in the Commonweal Magazine authored by Robert Geroux asked the open-ended question: “What is the proper Christian or even Catholic response to the Anthropocence? What does (our) religion tell us about a world that is fundamentally (and maybe even totally) dominated by human beings?” 

The editors of Religion in the Anthropocene – Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann, and Markus Vogt – have taken up this mantle to craft a groundbreaking critical analysis from diverse disciplinary and religious perspectives on the Anthropocene. They write that the "notion of the Anthropoence is meant to denote the current geological era as a new geological epoch in which the collective imprint of human activities is so pervasive that the Earth System...is destabilized.” In this timely book, contributors from across Europe, North America, and Oceania have sketched the landscape of an innovative and emerging field of study termed environmental humanities that dives into the ethical perils and religious implications of this tremendous geological challenge.  

As Dieter Gerten notes, Religion in the Anthropocene “is a scholarly account of the deeper human dimensions of the Anthropocene, moving beyond its predominating framing as a natural science phenomenon" to grapple with the ethical consequences of human behavior for future generations. The contributors wrestle with these pressing ethical queries and quandaries and, it's important to note, not all the authors agree. We invite you to engage with and be challenged by this volume.