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Meeting Program Units

2019 Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA

Meeting Begins11/23/2019
Meeting Ends11/26/2019

Call for Papers Opens: 12/19/2018
Call for Papers Closes: 3/6/2019

Requirements for Participation

Ethics and Biblical Interpretation


Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Group is an interdisciplinary partnership between biblical scholars, theologians, and ethicists. The work of our group focuses on the methods, texts, and principles for interpreting the Bible and engaging in ethical deliberation. For the 2019 Annual Meeting, we invite proposals on the theme of Environmental Ethics, the Bible, and Eschatology. While environmental ethics has been recognized as a pressing need in the face of climate change and global warming, this session invites proposals focusing on how environmental ethics might root itself in biblical texts pertaining to eschatology and new creation. Author and naturalist Craig Childs has argued that humanity is in the process of creating an *Apocalyptic Planet* (2013). In their recent book, *Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life* (2018), Birch et al argue that the dawning anthropocene makes new ethical demands on people of faith. They ask, “What dialogue shapes the contours of moral imagination and human responsibility when no terrain goes untouched by both human goodness and human molestation?” (xv). In response to this question, we seek proposals that explore how the Bible’s eschatological texts (and their mediation through various religious traditions) might contribute to a robust environmental ethic.

Program Unit Chairs

Lisa Bowens
Amy C. Merrill Willis

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