Environmental science and theology in dialogue
Russell Butkus (Author of Environmental Science and Theology in Dialogue)Background Narrative
Russell A. Butkus, Ph.D. is currently Associate Professor of Theology and Environmental Studies and the Associate Director of the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon. He received his BA in Religion from St. Lawrence University and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Boston College. His research and teaching interests are in the field of environmental theology and ethics. In collaboration with Steven Kolmes, Ph.D., he is currently engaged in research on salmon recovery in the Lower Columbia River and has recently published three articles on this issue titled Got Wild Salmon A Scientific and Ethical Analysis of Salmon Recovery in the Pacific Northwest and California (in Salmon 2100: The Future of Wild Pacific Salmon, R. Lackey, D. Lach, S. Duncan, eds., 2006. pp. 333-361), Salmon Restoration in the Lower Columbia Basin: A Scientific and Theological Analysis (Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring 2004, pp. 69-94), and Strategic Interdisciplinarity: A Scientific-Theological Analysis of Salmon Recovery in the Lower Columbia Basin, (Colorado School of Mines Quarterly, Vol. 103, No. 1, 2003, pp. 19-32). He has also served as a theological consultant for the pastoral letter, The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good (2001), and is the co-editor (with Carol Dempsey, O.P., Ph.D.) and a contributor to All Creation is Groaning, An Interdisciplinary Vision for Life in a Sacred Universe (Liturgical Press, 1999).
Doctor of Philosophy, Boston College
Environmental Science and Theology: Salmon Recovery in the Columbia River
A compelling "sign of the times" is that our human experience today is defined in part by increasing ecological degradation. Given the complexity of these environmental issues, this book argues that creative and strategic collaboration between theology and environmental science is necessary to find and implement practical solutions. The authors argue a solid grounding in environmental science creates an understanding of the major environmental problems we face: global climate change, ozone depletion, depletion of the earths resources, collapse of biodiversity, overpopulation and over-consumption, the presence of persistent toxins, and the challenges of achieving sustainability.
Environmental Science and Theology in Dialogue
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Butkus and Steven A. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, ISBN: A cursory glance at the cover of this book might lead a casual reader to believe that it consists of a dialogue between two authors who are trying to understand each other better. It is not. Rather, Butkus and Kolmes write with one voice to try to persuade readers that "ecologically unsustainable human conduct threatens future human and non-human generations" p.