June 3, 2017—Columbia Theological Seminary’s Professor of Christian Ethics Mark Douglas has been awarded a grant from the Nohria Family Charitable Fund for $70,000. He will use the grant to write the second of three projected volumes, tentatively collectively titled, War in a Warming World. The project explores the impact of climate change on war and how Christian traditions of pacifism, just war, and just peacemaking may shed light on climate-shaped conflict in an Environmental Age. The grant also makes it possible for Dr. Douglas to travel and do research at and with institutions that are at the forefront of environmental security studies.
“Climate change is certainly the most dramatic global threat since the advent of nuclear weapons. It may be the greatest threat to human flourishing that we’ve faced in eons,” said Dr. Douglas. “Not only is it beginning to have enormous and far-reaching effects on the natural world, it will increasingly shape and drive political conflicts and cause widespread violence. In a world drenched with religion, faith traditions are being asked to offer their own perspectives on and resources for addressing such violence. I’m deeply grateful to the Nohria Family Charitable Fund for this grant that makes it possible for me continue my own work in interpreting and shaping Christian responses to War in a Warming World.”
“Columbia is proud of Dr. Douglas and celebrates his receipt of this grant,” said Dr. Christine Roy Yoder, Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Columbia Seminary. “This award is a tribute to the quality, significance, and urgency of this complex and interdisciplinary project. We look forward very much to the fruits of his research.”
Dr. Douglas will continue to work on this project through January. His most recent book is titled, Believing Aloud: Reflections on Being Religious in the Public Square (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010).
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