Human civilization has developed around agriculture, allowing human beings to multiply and fill the Earth. Now agriculture is running into natural limits. In this course, students will evaluate and analyze evidence of these limits and the need for sustainability. They will analyze and critique ecotheological ideas and evaluate long term sustainable agricultural practices.
An understanding of sustainability issues requires students to become aware of not only scientific and technical issues, but develop biblical ideas of limits, biblical anthropology, the value of the non-human, and a biblical theology of the good life.
Human ignorance, hubris and sin means that our societies are unsustainable. Our mission needs to bring all these things to repentance and transformation.
This course develops a deeper biblical understanding of what is required for sustainablility including biblical views on standards of living and our relationship and responsibility to creation.
Students will develop a deeper understanding that mission involves both the redeeming of human relationships in society, but also our relationship to the creation.
This course will train students to comprehend and contextualise mission for particular sustainability issues.
Students will analyze and critique how different cultures manage agriculture and how making this more sustainable forms part of mission.
Students will be able to analyze and critique theories of sustainable agriculture into missional practice.
Students will have to redefine their understanding of the ideal society and the good life.