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The Common Hour: Engaging Climate Conflict

Dr. Lisa Woolley

Do novels offer an imagination space for transcending the polarizing rhetoric of Climate Change? Barbara Kingsolver's "Flight Behavior" suggests that ecological challenges invite us to better understand ourselves and others.

The Common Hour: Animals and the Anthropocene

Dr. John Elia

Following Elizabeth Kolbert's "The Sixth Extinction," I consider the value of indirect arguments for concern about climate change, specifically, in terms of habitat loss, species extinction rates, and our care for animals.

The Common Hour: Yearning for the End of All Things

Yearning for the End of All Things: Who Wants That and Why?

Dr. Lee Barrett, Lancaster Theological Seminary

Fascination with the end-times has recurred with regularity in the history of Christianity. However, each generation seems to project different scenarios of the sometimes feared and sometimes hoped for future. We will look at some of the motivations for this interest, and the ways in which diverse apocalyptic passions have given rise to divergent and often conflicting theologies.

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