THE2200EN - Survey of Ecotheology

Course description

In recent decades, the field of ecotheology has gained ground and momentum as a means of understanding humans’ role in creation. This course fleshes out the basic foundation of ecotheology through the exploration of biblical texts, historical theology, and modern thoughts on the role of humans in the created world.

How this course benefits students

Now more than ever, humans' role in creation is at the forefront of many conversations. As Christians, we ought to begin to view creation through the lens of the creator. This course presents students with an account of the Ecotheological movement and provide them with a basis for why some believe creation is worth protecting, preserving, and restoring.

Why this course is important

The current environmental crisis calls for Christians to take action. In order to do this, they must first be knowledgeable in basic ecotheological concepts. This course serves as an introduction to the growing field that serves as a means of understanding how Christians ought to care for God’s creation.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Theology
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2021-04 (March 7, 2022 - May 1, 2022)
  • 2022-02 (Oct. 24, 2022 - Dec. 18, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Jadyn Harris, Professor of Ecotheology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course is rooted in scripture and the foundation is established through biblical texts. Additionally, students learn to read scripture through an ecological lens.

Missionally driven

This course seeks to challenge the dominion narrative and advance the idea that we are each called on a mission to be stewards of creation, to participate with God in maintaining the created world.

Contextually informed

This course ensures that all information presented is contextualized in order to weave a full perspective of the issues to grasp how all the elements presented, scripture, history, and theological concepts enhance a missional lifestyle.

Interculturally focused

Ecotheology is a topic that can easily be applied interculturally. Inclusivity is applied to all students and thus considers location, cultures, and socio-economic status, as well as prior educational experience of all participants of the course.

Practically minded

Students are presented with a variety of material that encourages them to think critically about humans' role in God’s creation, and how we might lead a life that is both environmentally and missionally-focused.

Experientially transformed

Students are encouraged throughout the course to determine how they might apply the ideas and concepts of ecotheology to their homes and communities. A specific lesson in the curriculum focuses on “how to do ecotheology”.