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RES 296C Topic: World Religions and the Natural Environment

Course Description: This course will examine the teachings of the world's major religious traditions about the natural world and the place of human beings within it. This will include consideration of Eastern and Western beliefs about cosmology (the question of what the universe is and, from a religious perspective, what relationship it may have to God). We will consider different religious discussions about human moral responsibility toward nature as well as the response of contemporary religious thinkers and institutions to the environmental concerns that have arisen in recent decades.


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