Edinburgh Research Explorer

Holy Spirit

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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 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.

    Research areas

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

ID: 18650811