2012 Symposium Readings
Wendell Berry, "Christianity and the Survival of Creation."
This article defends Christianity against the charge that it is responsible for, or at least complicitous in, the environmental crisis. Mr. Berry does this by examining texts and themes from the Bible as a whole. This is an accessible read by a poet, philosopher, and gentleman farmer living in Port Royal, Kentucky. (available at www.crosscurrents.org/berry.html)
Cliff Cain, "Stewardship as a Work of Art," a chapter from Many Heavens, One Earth (Lexington Books, 2012).
Dr. Cain examines biblical texts - including some troubling ones - and the suggestion of the metaphor of the "artist" as a guide for the steward and stewardship. (PDF here)
Cliff Cain, Down to Earth: Religious Paths toward Custodianship of Nature (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009)
This provides an overview of all the religions of the world's perspectives on the natural world. (on reserve at Reeves Library Reference Desk)
J. Baird Callicott, "Genesis and John Muir," a chapter from his book, Beyond the Land Ethic (SUNY Press, 1999). Also, Dr. Callicott's chapters from his book, Earth's Insights (University of California Press, 1997).
These two chapters are on "worldview remediation" - that is, how we have to change the way we look at the world in order to change the way we act toward/in the world. (on reserve at Reeves Library Reference Desk)
David Shaner, Introduction through Chapter 2 (to page 78) from Dr. Shaner's book, The Seven Arts of Change (Union Square Press, 2010).
This will introduce the reader to the topic of his plenary session (on religious ethics in global business) at the Symposium. (on reserve at the Reeves Library Reference Desk)
Dan Barker, Losing Faith in Faith, chapter 17 ("Refuting God") and chapter 19 ("Dear Theologian").
These chapters will help serve as background for Mr. Barker’s plenary session on the case for atheism and criticisms of theism. (these two chapters may be found at http://www.ffrf.org/legacy/books/lfif/)
Doug Geivett, Chapter 14 ("David Hume and A Cumulative Case Argument"), which is pages 297-329 in the book, In Defense of Natural Theology, edited by James F. Sennett and Douglas Groothuis (ISBN: 0-8308-2767-6, paperback, Intervarsity Press).
This chapter will help serve as background for Dr. Geivett’s plenary session on the case for theism and criticisms of atheism. (on reserve at Reeves Library Reference Desk).
Eugenie Scott's plenary session on evolution and creationism, "Anti-evolutionism and Creationism."
This article gives a history of the battle between science and religion on the issue of evolution. This work will help serve as background for Dr. Scott’s plenary session on evolutionism and creationism. (PDF here)
Eugenie Scott, Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction, 2nd ed. (U. of California Press, 2009).
(on reserve at Reeves Library Reference Desk)