Re-Envisioning Hope: Anthropogenic Climate Change, Learned Ignorance, and Religious Naturalism
Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
In this essay, I introduce religious naturalism as one contemporary religious response to anthropogenic climate change; in so doing, I offer a concept of hope associated with the beauty of ignorance, of not knowing ourselves in the usual manner. Reframing humans as natural processes in relationship with other forms of nature, religious naturalism encourages humans’ processes of transformative engagement with each other and with the more-than-human worlds that constitute our existence. Hope in this context is anticipating what possibilities may occur when human organisms enact our evolutionary capacities as relational organisms who can love, engaging in multilayered processes of changing behaviors, values, and relationships that promote the betterment of myriad nature.
White, Carol W.. "Re-Envisioning Hope: Anthropogenic Climate Change, Learned Ignorance, and Religious Naturalism." Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (2018) : 570-585.