Jelle de Boer explains animistic belief systems and the ecological necessity for natural disasters.
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.
About the Image
On the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, a man points at a crack that developed after a January 24, 2005 earthquake registered a magnitude of 6.0 on the Richter scale.
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De Boer is Harold T. Stearns Professor Emeritus of Earth Science at Wesleyan University and author of Earthquakes in Human History.
Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg
Program Coordinator: Jody Abramson
Senior Producer: Kate Moos
Technical Producer: Mitch Hanley
Associate Producer: Colleen Scheck
Web Producer: Trent Gilliss