Third Thursday Conversations with Brite Faculty

Date(s) - 11/19/2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Join us the third Thursday of each month for a series of virtual conversations with Brite faculty. These faculty-led discussions will focus on a variety of topics relating to ministry in the midst of changing and challenging times. Registration is required, but there is no cost to participate.

November 19, 2020
12:00 pm (CST) – 1:00 pm
“Genesis 1: Creatio Ex Nihilo, Imago Dei, and Implications for Ecological Ethics”

Dr. Timothy J. Sandoval, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Gen. 1:26 is famous for its claim that humans are created in the divine image—the imago dei. But it is infamous as one of the “historical roots” of our present ecological crisis—the scriptural warrant for human domination of the rest of creation.  We will revisit this verse, the distinct ways the idea of imago dei have been interpreted, and consider some of the implications of these understandings for ecological ethics. But before doing so we will start at the “beginning,” and with the help of ancient West Asian and Egyptian mythological cosmologies, we will query as to whether the Bible’s very first verses can serve as evidence for the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo, the idea that God created the universe from nothing. And whether it does, or does not, we will ask what difference it might make when it comes to ecological ethics.

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