Anvil authors. Top row l. to r.: Rev. Margot R. Hodson; Dr. Martin J. Hodson; Rev. Dr. John Weaver; and Professor Richard Bauckham. Bottom row l. to r.: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba; Andy Atkins; and Bishop Geoff Davies.
We are pleased to announce the publication of a special edition of the theology journal Anvil on the topic of “Environment and Hope“, with guest editor, JRI Director, Rev. Margot Hodson. This represents the culmination of nearly 3 years work in collaboration with A Rocha UK. All of the papers are open access and are free to download.
Anvil Volume 29, Issue 1 (Sep 2013), pp. 1 – 129.
Margot R. Hodson: Editorial: Discovering a Robust Hope for Life on a Fragile Planet. pp. 1-6.
Martin J. Hodson: Losing Hope? The Environmental Crisis Today. pp. 7-23.
John Weaver: Exploring Hope. pp. 25-41.
Richard Bauckham: Ecological Hope in Crisis? pp. 43-54.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba: Hope and the Environment: A Perspective from the Majority World. pp. 55-70.
Andy Atkins: Communicating Hope in the Real World. pp. 71-86.
Bishop Geoff Davies: SAFCEI (Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute). pp. 87-91.
Book Reviews from 2011 to 2013. pp. 93-112.
Reviews of Books Published Before 2011. pp. 113-129.
The CRES Residential 2013
With the Annual CRES Residential at Ripon College Cuddesdon our 2012/13 year drew to a close. We are pleased to say that we had four new graduates from the course. Do have a look at the full REPORT of the residential on the CRES website.
September and October is often the time of year for new beginnings and when people start courses. If you are interested in joining our course then go to CRES Admissions September 2013 for full details.
Thursday 25th July 2013 2.00-4.30pm. Diocese of Guildford’s Summer School.
The Diocese of Guildford are running a whole week of summer school events, with Thursday 25th July 2013 being a special day on the environment. JRI personnel, Martin and Margot Hodson will be leading the session on the Thursday afternoon. In this session we will begin by investigating some of the serious environmental issues that face our world today: climate change, biodiversity loss, water shortages and human population increase. Then we will look at what the Bible has to say about the environment, and how this helps us in our environmental decision-making. Finally we will consider what individual Christians and congregations can do to help improve our environmental situation.
Continue reading Creation Care: the issues, the theology and the action
The International Energy Agency has published a paper on redrawing the world energy map. It highlights topics such as the subsidies on fossil fuels which have recently grown, and it presents data relating to recent governmental policies of developed countries, especially subsidies on coal. It also considers the relationship between world energy policies and the actions that could help limit the rise in global average temperature rise. You can watch the video introduction, and the report is accessible online from the IEA.
We are sad to report that JRI Vice-President, Colin Russell, died on 17th May 2013. There are obituaries at the Royal Society of Chemistry and the History of Chemical Sciences forum.
Colin Russell was Emeritus Professor of History of Science and Technology at the Open University. Also see wikipedia:
A full appreciation of Colin’s life and work will appear in the next JRI newsletter. RIP.
There is a long-standing public misperception of the scientific consensus that climate change is human-caused. Various studies since Oreskes (2004) have found a consensus of above 95% among scientific publications that express a conclusion. However a Pew public opinion poll in 2012 revealed that many people had a perception that scientists were evenly divided. This is a huge divergence between perception and reality.
New meta-research on the scientific literature confirms previous estimates, finding 97% agreement in the twenty year period to 2011, with a slight increase in strength by 2011. The new study adds to bibliographic survey the results of a survey of authors. A short article by lead author John Cook, with video clip, is available at SkepticalScience.
The article is freely accessible at Environment Research Letters: