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The On Being Project

Jelle De Boer and Ursula Goodenough

The Morality of Nature

We explore the human and religious implications of natural disasters through the eyes of two scientists steeped in the workings of the natural world. We approach the morality of nature from a non-theological angle, tracing how natural disasters have sometimes fueled religious agendas and movements and how strictly scientific perspectives can both challenge and illuminate religious questions.
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  • Jelle de Boer

    Jelle de Boer

    is Harold T. Stearns Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at Wesleyan University and author of Earthquakes in Human History.

  • Ursula Goodenough

    Ursula Goodenough

    is professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis and author of The Sacred Depths of Nature.