World Religions and the Ethical Care of Planet Earth

World Religions and the Ethical Care of Planet Earth


Religion can be a powerful motivator for people of faith to embrace and commit to a critical cause and stay with it. This class will introduce basic teachings of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism (along with a session on American indigenous religions) that persuade believers to embrace the creation and health of our planet and take action to protect it. 


We will explore:


  • basic beliefs of each major faith


  • its concept of the origin of the Earth


  • divine involvement in creating and sustaining physical life


  • imperatives for human care of the planet


  • examples of that care where we can see faith in action in current world history 


  • Students will have an opportunity to investigate and report on issues of personal interest provoked by our discussions.


  • Minimum recommended age: 13 
  • Instructor: Dr. Greg Richards
  • Tuesdays, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET
  • 6 classes
  • September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19