Week 2 – Day A: Dream of the Rood, in translation from the Anglo Saxon

  Dream of the Rood is considered a masterful expression of the theme of the crucifixion. It is one of the oldest Christian poems known to have been written in Britain, and was originally written in Anglo Saxon. Although no one knows for sure who wrote it, it was probably written around the 8th century. …

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Week 2- Day C: Laudato Si’, Pope Francis

  In his Papal Encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis addresses all people about their ‘Common Home’. The phrase ‘Laudato Si’ is taken from a poem by Saint Francis Assisi and literally means ‘praise be to you’. Whilst the Pope is concerned with the state of the natural world, he sees this as intimately linked with …

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Week 2 – Day E: Barkskins

  Annie Proulx (b. 1935) is a contemporary American writer. Her epic novel ‘Barkskins’ traces two wood-cutting families across eight generations, beginning in what is now modern Canada at the start of the 17th Century. The book’s ecological message concerning this violent and rapid destruction of the world’s forests is unavoidable. However, numerous descriptions of …

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Week 3 – Day A: Historical Roots of our Ecological Crisis, Lyn White Jr

  In 1967, the American historian Lynn White Jr (1907-1987) wrote an article for Science magazine. In it, he charged that Christianity was at the root of the ecological crisis. His opinion is not always accepted by Christian and non-Christian thinkers, but his essay had a significant effect on the way Christians started to engage …

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