Divergent Weatherlore in Christian Hermeneutics: Climate Change and Vernacular Rhetoric in Our Current Environmental Crisis

Sheila Bock (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

This presentation considers the relationship between Christianity and environmentalism, using case studies of established Christian climate groups representing the two poles of Julia Corbett’s (2006) environmental ideology spectrum, anthropocentric and ecocentric. The analysis focuses not on how Christian beliefs shape understandings of extreme weather, assuming a one-way flow of influence. Rather, it brings attention to how extreme weather is interpreted in relation to Biblical text, foregrounding the ways in which meaning is constructed and negotiated at both community and individual levels.

Part of 04-04 Weatherlore, Part 1: Weather and Belief, Friday, October 14, 8:30 am–10:00 am