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War in a Warming World


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As the pace of climate change quickens and its impacts intensify, explorations of its significance throughout the history of warfare grows increasingly urgent. The role that it plays in causing and/or exacerbating war will mandate rethinking some very fundamental questions about war and how religions understandings respond to it. With an eye toward a number of current and possibly impending conflicts, ethicist Mark Douglas will suggest ways to rethink just war and pacifist traditions, reshaping them to address wars in a warming world.


Mark Douglas is an ethicist and professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, and also the director of the Master of Divinity Program. Douglas received his PhD from the University of Virginia and also holds a Master in Theology and Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Douglas’s wide-ranging interests include: ethics in neo-orthodox theologies, medical and business ethics, the American philosophical tradition of pragmatism, and the role of religion in political philosophy. He is currently researching and writing at the intersection of environmental issues and conflict studies.

Douglas has written two books and contributed chapters to numerous volumes. In his most recent book, Believing Aloud: Reflections on Being Religious in the Public Square, he argues that Christian values of faith, hope, and love matter in the public sphere and that they should shape the public lives of Christian adherents. He is currently working on a book titled War in a Warming World which will theologically reframe pacifism and the just war tradition to address the impact that climate change will likely have throughout the 21st century.