God & Smog: Scholars & Religious Leaders Discuss Preserving Our Planet On Wednesday's Access Utah

Oct 10, 2018

A city with polluted air, with mountains in the background.
Credit religiousstudies.usu.edu
Today we're speaking with Margaret Barker, Dr. David Haberman, and Anuttama Dasa, panelists at the conference God & Smog:  The Challenge of Preserving Our Planet. The conference is taking place today in the USU John M. Huntsman School of Business Perry Pavilion until 5 p.m.  The one-day symposium will consider the environment in relation to the perspectives and actions of five religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Mormonism, and Native American traditions. The morning panel will consist of scholars who study the interaction of religion and the environment, while the afternoon panel will engage religious leaders who speak from the perspectives of their respective traditions. More information is available here.    
 Margaret Barker is an independent scholar who has developed an approach to Biblical Studies now known as Temple Theology. Since 1997, she has been part of the symposium Religion, Science and the Environment.   David L. Haberman received his Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago andis currently Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Although he hasstudied and taught a great variety of religious traditions, he specializes in Hinduism.   Anuttama Dasa is a Vaishnava Hindu teacher who has been deeply engaged with contemporarysocial concerns, including interreligious dialogue, issues of religious freedom, and Vaishnavismin relation to the environment.