Creation and the Heart of Man--Fr. Michael Butler and Andrew P. Morriss

Event Date: 
May 8, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Acton Institute
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd.

Rooted in the Tradition of the Orthodox Church and its teaching on the relationship between God, humanity, and all creation, Fr. Michael Butler and Prof. Andrew Morriss offer a new contribution to Orthodox environmental theology. Too often policy recommendations from theologians and Church authorities have taken the form of pontifications, obscuring many important economic and public policy realities. The authors establish a framework for responsible engagement with environmental issues undergirded not only by Church teaching but also by sound economic analysis.

Fr. Butler and Prof. Morriss uniquely take the discussion of Orthodox environmental ethics from abstract principles to thoughtful interaction with the concrete, sensitive to the inviolability of human dignity, the plight of the poor, and our common destiny of communion with God in Creation and the Heart of Man.

Come be a part of the discussion and dialogue in this Acton Lecture Series event!

The Very Reverend Michael Butler is an independent scholar and an archpriest of the Orthodox Church in America and is serving a parish in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. He received his PhD in church history and patristics from Fordham University and his MA in theology and BA in psychology from the University of Dallas.

Andrew Morriss is D. Paul Jones, Jr., and Charlene A. Jones Chairholder in law and professor of business at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He received his PhD in economics from MIT, his JD and MPA from the University of Texas in Austin, and his AB from Princeton University. He has written extensively on environmental issues.

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