Keynote Talks

We are delighted to be able to welcome Prof. Keith Ward and Prof. Peter Scott, two well-known and highly-regarded writers on religion and the Christian faith, who are committed to relating theological insights to the dilemmas and issues of modern life, including our urgent ecological crisis. Keith and Peter see it as essential that religious believers ensure their beliefs are beneficial to human flourishing, something that is at the heart of our ‘Caring for Our Common Home’ day conference.

Keith and Peter will be delivering our two keynote speeches:

Keith Ward, ‘Deep Ecology: Creation and the Environment’

Keith Ward’s talk, which is based loosely on a chapter from his recent book The Christian Idea of God, will discuss the relation between the concept of Deep Ecology and the Christian faith. He will also engage with the claim that Christianity, and especially the book of Genesis, are to blame for our ecological crisis.

Keith Ward (web)Keith Ward is Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He has written widely in the areas of philosophy, religion and Christian theology. His most recent books are The Mystery of Christ, Love Is His Meaning and The Christian Idea of God. Keith is an ordained priest in the Church of England who sees it as essential that religious believers ensure their beliefs are beneficial to human flourishing.

Peter Scott, ‘Sharing Our Common Home?’

Drawing on his latest book, A Theology of Postnatural Right, Peter will be exploring the perceived tension between the interests in life of people and the interests of other creatures and the planet itself. Can we share our common home, and how?

Peter Scott (web)Peter Scott is the Samuel Ferguson Professor of Applied Theology and Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester. He is the Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, and Co-Investigator for a project on ‘Life on the Breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century City’. Peter’s books include A Political Theology of Nature and Anti-human Theology: Nature, Theology and the Postnatural. He is committed to relating theological insights to the dilemmas and issues of modern life.

Please follow the links at the top for further information about the day, or click here to book your place.

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