Religion and the Anthropocene

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Religion and the Anthropocene

Fall 2020

Taught By: Mark Larrimore

Section: AX

CRN: 8701

Credits: 4

The dawning awareness that humanity is a planetary force, effecting changes in earth systems disruptive to other life forms and even leaving geological traces, has religious resonances. Are we now the “god species,” or confronted with the non-metaphorical reality of karma, of hubris, of original sin? This course explores emerging discussions of religion amid the ghosts and monsters of the Anthropocene. Are the insights of the world religions, fruits of the Holocene we’ve set on terminal wobble, obsolete? Must new religious narratives and rituals be crafted to articulate our new reality? We will also look at the way ostensibly secular discussions of the Anthropocene (including the many challenges to the term and its scope) engage in religion- and mythmaking, from Gaia to Chthulu. Finally we’ll ask if discussion of the “age of humans” takes us more deeply into pressing spiritual and ecojustice challenges or distracts from them.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:12am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: TBD

Date Range: 9/4/2020 - 12/18/2020