Holy Spirit

Michael Northcott

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Climate science describes interactions between humans and the heavens reminiscent of the co-agential network of spiritual beings, humans and other creatures that determine relationships between earth and heaven in the Old and New Testaments, and in Christian history. The co-agency of spirits, gods, humans and other creatures is represented in Christian tradition by the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The pneumatological shape of Christian body politics underwrites human actor-networks which are equitable and participative. It is suggestive of climate change mitigation which promotes a turn from the centralizing tendencies of fossil fueled power to an energy supply which is local, renewable and distributed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystematic Theology and Climate Change
Subtitle of host publicationEcumenical Perspectives
EditorsMichael Northcott, Peter Scott
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-74278-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • climate change
  • systematic theology
  • Ecumenical movement
  • christian doctrine
  • theological ethics


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