Norman Wirzba

Environmental, Spirituality, Theology

Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology, Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for ethics, and Senior Associate Dean for Institutional and Faculty Advancement at Duke Divinity School, pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies.

He is currently the director of a multi-year, Henry Luce-Foundation-funded projected entitled “Facing the Anthropocene.” In this project, housed at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, he is working with an international team of scholars to rethink several academic disciplines in light of challenges like climate change, food insecurity, biotechnology and genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, species extinction, and the built environment.  

Wirzba has published many books, including The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and (with Fred Bahnson) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He serves as general editor for the book series Culture of the Land: A Series in the New Agrarianism, published by the University Press of Kentucky, and is co-founder and executive committee member of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology.

Festival Years: 2016