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Kripke Lecturer will explore Biblical interpretations on climate change

Just what the exchange between God, scripture and humans might be in a fractious environmental and political arena will be the subject of an upcoming lecture at Creighton University.

Frances Flannery, PhD, professor of religion at James Madison University, will deliver the 2018 Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society Lecture, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m., in Room 3028 of the Harper Center.

In a talk titled “The Bible, Politics, and the Survival of Planet Earth,” Flannery will examine the Bible’s roles in political debate over climate change, examining the biblical texts pertaining to the climate and humans’ relationship to the earth. Given how the Bible has been read in some circles to suggest that belief in human-induced climate change is a rejection of God’s omnipotence, Flannery investigates questions on whether the Bible should be used to influence public policy.

Flannery is the author of two recent books and specializes in the origins of apocalypticism in early Judaism and early Christianity. She regularly shares her research with the intelligence community and is also an activist in community peacebuilding, interfaith dialogue, public education about religions and the academic study of religion.

This talk, sponsored by the Kripke Center and the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.


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