“Climate Change and Christianity – An Interview with Brian McLaren” was released on April 26, 2017, and is the first part of a two part conversation on climate change and Christianity. The interviewee, Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. His work as a pastor led him to begin writing, and he has published numerous books on faith and Christian life.
McLaren unpacks some of the science behind global climate change and its everyday effects for human life around the world. Looking at the dangers of a changing climate, he turns to faith as the inspiration for advocacy and change. Ultimately, McLaren attributes reluctance to accept or take action to prevent climate change, in part, to a certain kind of eschatology. He then mentions instances in which congregations, inspired by care for God’s world, made real changes to combat climate change. The podcast concludes with McLaren’s own recommendations for any Christian wanting to learn more about creation care.
Faith Based Farms is a webinar about families and communities from across the United States demonstrating their faith through farming. Colm Flynn, a freelance reporter, conducted his research by traveling from New Jersey, to Wisconsin, and to Michigan. During his journey, he enjoyed conversations with a range of diverse individuals and faith-based groups.
This segment of The Philosopher's Zone with David Routledge (on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) focuses on the importance of existentialism in modern times. Specifically, how existentialism can help us understand current relationships between the self and others, as well as with nature. Likewise, the podcast’s contributor, Dr Dalia Nassar points out that existentialism implies a sort humanism (as Sartre argued) that connects each individual to all of humanity through their actions. It is the fact that each of our actions can affect one another is why the existentialists place so much emphasis on how we act. Furthermore, the podcast extends this to the ecological crisis by explaining how this radical humanism can inform how we make environmental decisions. The important point here is that we can derive environmental values based on the inherent freedom that humans have, there is a constant need for action. As the interviewer explains in the podcast, the individual determines the moral future of humanity and nature. Thus, each person has a moral obligation to transcend the current situation and make better choices for the environment. Likewise, there is a special attention to art and literature as a mode of connection, to hopefully shape others moral and environmental values. Therefore, existentialism provides a framework (much like religion) for guiding our actions based on a mutual care for the environment. Finally, I should note that the key points of the podcast (concerning the environment) starts at the 18-minute mark, while the latter half provides background knowledge on existentialism.
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