Fall Faculty Lecture
The Faculty of Theology is hosting the annual Fall Faculty Lecture.
Join Dr. Brett Potter, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology as he delivers the lecture ‘Dark Green Theology: Ecological Mysticism in Pseudo-Dionysus’ The Divine Names.
Contemporary ecological theorists like Bron Taylor have charted the emergence of neopagan “dark green religion” as a marked departure from the anthropocentric visions of Abrahamic theologies. However, although Christian theology has often focused on humanity to the exclusion of other creatures, there are alternative resources in the mystical tradition for a more “biocentric” understanding of the world and the divine.
One unexpected resource for contemporary ecospirituality is the mystical theology of the sixth-century Syrian monk who wrote under the name Dionysius the Areopagite. An ecological reading of Dionysius’ The Divine Names reveals a model of creation centered not on human beings, but on the effulgence of the divine Light from which “all animals and plants receive warmth,” including humanity, and to which all creatures are returned. This lecture examines The Divine Names in relation to modern questions of non-anthropocentrism, the biodiversity of life, and the ontology of desire in in conversation with contemporary figures like Bron Taylor, Jane Goodall, and Thomas Berry.
Taking place both in person (classroom H221) and on Zoom – registration is required.