An excerpt from Ched Myers‘ must-read article “Nature against Empire: Exodus Plagues, Climate Crisis and Hardheartedness.” Digest this taste-tester and then spend time with the entire piece, where Myers weaves together climate science and our sacred Scripture. Join Ched and other theological animators at the 2019 Bartimaeus Kinsler Institute in February.
British theologian Michael Northcott’s important 2013 Political Theology of Climate Change argues that our modern worldview offers no frame of reference for the “politics of slow catastrophe” stalking our history through ecological catastrophe. He shows how traditional cosmologies, including the Bible, saw climate as political. That is, the actions of nations influenced the health of nature; when people behaved badly, the earth behaved badly back. Modernity, however, banished that notion as superstitious and unscientific. Humans and our technologies are now in control, we believe, while nature is depersonalized, demystified and at our disposal. That paradigm may have “worked” for a few centuries, but now we are realizing that nature seems to be biting back. Continue reading