Festival, a Climate for Discussion

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'Our Now, Our Tomorrow'- the title for the 6th International Philosophy, Science & Theology Festival, starts on Saturday, June 27 in Christ Church Cathedral.

The fourth day of the Festival program features Norman Habel and Michael Northcott.

Norman Habel's keynote address is titled 'An Inconvenient Text'. His address will present the view that 'The Bible is an inconvenient text. In the context of the current ecological crisis the Bible is far from green.' He reads the Bible with a view to retrieving the voice of Earth behind the grey texts in the Bible. As he says 'Yes, there are green texts. But there are also inconvenient grey texts. And there lies the challenge as we face the oncoming Greenhouse Age.'

Norman Habel is currently professional fellow at Flinders University. He initiated and edited the five-volume Earth Bible series and the more recent work Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics.

Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh. His keynote presentation is titled 'Climate Change, Industrial Capitalism and the Nature of Life on Earth'. In the last two years, he has lectured on the ethics of climate change in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States of America as well as throughout the UK. …