Change in a Time of Chaos

A science and faith webinar series

Sixth Lecture
Wednesday 6th October 2021, 7.30pm

By Professor Mark Harris, Professor of Natural Science and Theology at Edinburgh University

What does Jesus think about the ecological crisis?

If there is a distinctively Christian perspective on ecological ethics, then we might expect that the Four Gospels would play a foundational role. However, although there is a great deal of theological thinking about our present ecological crisis, little of it engages with the teachings of Jesus. This talk will explore the reasons for this surprising neglect, especially Jesus’ intense interest in the coming kingdom of God, which is both a problem and an opportunity for environmental thought.


Further lectures will follow throughout 2021. This page will be updated with information about those lectures, as they are scheduled, so please do keep an eye on this space!

First Lecture
Tuesday 1 December 2020, 7.30pm

By Dr Murdo Macdonald, Policy Officer of the Church of Scotland Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Project

Restraining Climate Change:
What is the Role of Faith Communities?

Second Lecture
Wednesday 27 January 2021, 7.30pm

By Dr Bethany Sollereder, Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Religion at Oxford University

Creation Past the Anthropocene Tipping Point

Third Lecture
Wednesday 3 March 2021, 7.30pm

By Dr Rachel Howell, Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Edinburgh University

Carbon Cutter or Climate Marcher?
Personal and Political Action on Climate Change

Fourth Lecture
Tuesday 27th April 2021, 7.30pm

By Ed Johnson-Williams, Senior Campaigns Officer at Traidcraft Exchange

How can we secure climate justice and trade justice together?

Fifth Lecture
Tuesday 25th May 2021, 7.30pm

By Professor Stephen Peake, The Open University

A Just and Warm Transition to Net Zero for Scotland?