Join us for a presentation by Mark Wallace, Swarthmore College Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies, who will discuss his newly published book When God Was a Bird.
In a time of rapid climate change and species extinction, what role have the world’s religions played in ameliorating―or causing―the crisis we now face? Buried deep within the Christian tradition are startling portrayals of God as the beaked and feathered Holy Spirit―the “animal God” of historic Christian witness. “Christian animism” is not a contradiction in terms but Christianity’s natural habitat. Challenging traditional Christianity’s self-definition as an otherworldly religion, Wallace paves the way for a new Earth-loving spirituality grounded in the ancient image of an animal God who signals the presence of spirit in everything, human and more-than-human’ alike.
We will have time for small group discussions and a book signing. Free and open to the public; reception hosted by the Scott Arboretum.
Mark Wallace is a Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College and member of the Interpretation Theory Committee and the Environmental Studies Committee at the Swarthmore College. His is an accomplished author including: Green Christianity (Fortress, 2010), Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Fortress, 2005), Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation (Continuum, 1996; Trinity, 2002), The Second Naïveté: Barth, Ricoeur, and the New Yale Theology (Mercer University Press, 1990, 1995), edited Paul Ricoeur’s Figuring the Sacred: Religion, Narrative, and Imagination (Fortress, 1995), and co-edited Curing Violence: Essays on René Girard (Polebridge, 1994).