Religion Department Events

May 1

Barbour lecture: Larry L. Rasmussen

"The Denial of a Diminished Planet: The Challenge to Science and to Religion" is the title of Professor Rasmussen's talk.

7:00 – 8:00 pm / Great Hall
Rasmussen's talk

Professor Rasmussen is the guest lecturer honoring Carleton's Ian Barbour, Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Emeritus. A brief synopsis of his discussion:  He will contend that while, on the one hand, there is growing recognition of a planetary ecological crisis, on the other there is widespread denial that the chief underlying reasons (the industrial paradigm, now global capitalism, and unprecedented human population) must be addressed in ways that fundamentally call them into question. This poses basic challenges both to modern science and to religion - which he will expand on during his talk.

He was Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York from 1986-2004.  Prior to that he was Professor of Christian Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, and Assistant Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.  For the Spring Semester, 2006, he served as St. John Visiting Professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  For the January Interim, 2008, he was Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College.

Rasmussen is currently the director of the Ghost Ranch decade project on Earth-honoring Faith: A Song of Songs.  The June 21-27, 2010, seminar was “Water and a Baptismal Life”; June 20-26, 2011, is “Envisioning Paradise: Beauty and Biological Restoration;” June 19-25, 2012 is “Food, Food, Glorious Food: the Eucharist and Your Foodshed;” 2013 is “A Desert Faith for a Desert Time.”  Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM, is a Retreat and Conference Center.

His books include the forthcoming Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (Oxford U. Press, 2012); Earth Community, Earth Ethics (Orbis Books and the World Council of Churches, 1996) and winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award; Moral Fragments and Moral Community (Fortress, 1993); Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His Significance for North Americans (Fortress, 1990); Reinhold Niebuhr: Theologian of Public Life (Fortress, 1991; HarperCollins, 1989); Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life (co-authored with Bruce Birch) (Augsburg-Fortress, Second Edition, 1989; Third Edition in process; German language edition, 1993). The 2006 CBS Religion Special, Sacred Earth, Sacred Peoples, includes an interview with Rasmussen. The 2009 DVD resource, Earthbound, includes excerpts from Rasmussen.

Here is Professor Larry L. Rasmussen's C.V.

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